Covid Update: New variant found in Brittany, France

DG Staff

PARIS 17 March 2021: A new coronavirus variant has been found in the French region of Brittany, said the French health ministry in a statement late on Monday, adding that initial analysis did not show this new variant to be more serious or transmissible than others.

The health ministry said the new variant had been found in a cluster of cases in a hospital centre in Lannion, said Wam/Reuters.

2,018 new cases, 2,651 recoveries, 4 deaths

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) conducted 208,085 additional Covid-19 tests, and announced 2,018 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 430,313.

‏MoHAP also announced four deaths due to Covid-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,406.

‏The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished Covid-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all all.

‏MoHAP also noted that an additional 2,651 individuals had fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 410,736.

The total number of vaccine doses provided stands at 6,668,637 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 67.43 doses per 100 people.

52.46 percent of target category vaccinated

Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, announced that the UAE has achieved new success related to its efforts to address the Covid-19 pandemic, by achieving the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign’s goal of vaccinating 52.46 percent of the target category of the national population.

Al Owais said, “The campaign that was launched at the start of the year around the country, upon the directives of the country’s leadership, has vaccinated nearly 70.21 percent of elderly people and those with chronic diseases, who are being prioritised.”

According to daily reports on the campaign, the country has provided nearly seven million vaccine doses to more than 205 medical centres, marking considerable progress and making the UAE a leading country in terms of vaccinating its people, he added, stressing that this achievement highlights the leadership’s keenness to ensure people’s safety.

He then pointed out that the UAE, since the start of the pandemic, has become an example of strategic handling, affirming that it was among the first countries to offer different types of Covid-19 vaccines to its citizens and residents.

He also highlighted the significant efforts of the national health sector and its cadres to provide the highest levels of protection to the people, as well as the substantial work taking place to offer the vaccine to the entire population, both citizens and residents, noting that the availability of the vaccine is one of the key achievements of the country in its battle against the pandemic, and the vaccine is available in different medical centres for free to both citizens and residents.

Despite the provision of the vaccine, everyone must adhere to relevant precautionary and preventive measures to protect the community’s safety, even after being vaccinated, Al Owais further said.


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