Twenty-nine additional cases of the Indian variant, renamed Delta according to the new nomenclature adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO), have been identified in the Landes, announced the Regional Health Agency (ARS) and the prefecture, in a press release, Friday, June 4. On Wednesday, they revealed the existence of the first two cases in a family in this department.
To these 31 proven cases, the ARS adds, moreover, a “Twenty others” based on an estimate. According to her, “The positive cases for Covid-19 did not all give rise to the use of the sequencing method to identify the variant” Delta.
This fifty cases can be “Grouped within about fifteen sources of contamination”, especially family, explains the ARS, “Subject to the results of investigations still in progress to cross-reference the data and trace the chains of contamination”. The thirty-one proven cases concern six communities of municipalities, adds the ARS in its press release published Friday evening.
A variant not very present in France
The health authorities announced on Wednesday that the Delta variant, still not very present in the territory, had been spotted in a family in the agglomeration of Dax without it having been linked to India or Great Britain . They had stepped up screening and sequencing operations.
The government had also expressed concern about the increase in the prevalence of Covid-19 in part of the country, in particular in Occitanie and New Aquitaine, a region which includes the Landes.
According to the ARS, the “Epidemiological situation is unfavorable” in this department which has an incidence rate of 95.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, “Higher than the national rate” and increasing “By 35% in less than three weeks”. If 43.6% of Landais received a first dose of vaccine according to the press release, the prefecture and the ARS call on the population to “Maintain barrier gestures” and explain that “The limitation of groupings to 10 people on the public highway is still in force”.