79 cases of new Covid variant Mu detected in France

The ‘variant of interest’  is also present in Belgium and the UK

A total of 79 cases of new Covid variant ‘Mu’ have been detected in France. The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies it as a ‘variant of interest’ over signs it could be more vaccine-resistant. The ‘Mu’ variant – scientific name B.1.621 – was originally identified in Colombia, South America, in January. It has since been identified in around 30 other countries in South America and Europe, including the UK and Belgium, as well as France.

So far, 79 cases have been confirmed in France, said a report by health body Santé publique France. These include 27 cases in Ile-de-France and 17 in Occitanie. Belgium has been particularly affected, with seven elderly care home residents dying after contracting the variant, local media site rtbf reported.


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