France sees first case of UK coronavirus variant

France sees first case of UK coronavirus variant

The person arrived from London on December 19 and was tested in hospital on December 21

A French citizen living in Britain tested positive for the new variant of Covid-19. Credit: AFP

The first case of a particularly infectious coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain has been confirmed in France, the health ministry said on Friday.

The person — a French citizen living in Britain — is asymptomatic and self-isolating at home in Tours in central France, the ministry said. The person arrived from London on December 19 and was tested in hospital on December 21.