Two patients died of the Delta variant of coronavirus on France in the Gers (southwest), the first two cases of contamination by this mutation in this department, said the local health authorities, who announced “an immediate action plan” in order to “prevent an outbreak”.

These two people aged 42 and 60, who were not vaccinated and whose health status was “marked by risk factors”, they died in the Hospital Center of Auch, informed the Regional Agency of Health (ARS) of Occitania to the AFP.

In the region of Gers, seven other possible cases of the Delta variant have been identified.

Several other suspected cases are currently under medical investigation. The virus does not stop at departmental borders.” Highlights the ARS, recalling that the department of the Landes, neighboring Gers, “experiences a significant progression in the number of people infected by this variant”.

In this context, “all resources are mobilized to strengthen the means of action and prevent an epidemic resumption“, continues the ARS, and calls the population to participate”massively in detection and vaccination operations”.

The Delta variant of the coronavirus, more contagious, now represents “between 9 and 10%” of the new positive cases in France, in strong progression compared to last week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal had indicated on Wednesday.

Responsible for a major epidemic resumption in the UK For a few weeks, this variant could cause a large-scale rebound this summer if nothing is done to counteract it early, warn specialists and health authorities.

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