Covid-19 Delta variant gaining traction in France

PARIS (REUTERS) - The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus first found in India now represents some 20 per cent of Covid-19 cases in France, French Health Minister Olivier Veran told France Info radio, up from last week's estimate of it representing 9 per cent to 10 per cent of cases.

"The Delta variant now accounts for about 20 per cent of new cases... its share keeps on increasing in percentage, not in absolute terms, as the total number of cases is decreasing," Mr Veran said.

Only 509 new confirmed cases were reported on Monday (June 28) and the seven-day moving average of daily additional infections fell to 1,819, an almost 10-month low, versus an April 14 peak of 42,225.

"(The Delta variant) is gradually becoming dominant, as it does in all countries in the world, as it is more contagious," Mr Veran said.

Germany said on Monday that new Covid-19 cases caused by the Delta variant had more than doubled over a week and its spread all over the world has led some countries to reimpose some restrictions on travel.