The essentials The eight patients who contracted the “Breton” variant discovered in a cluster in Lannion (Côtes-d’Armor) died. At present, “there is no established link between these deaths and the variant,” reassured the ARS.
A new variant of covid-19 has been discovered at the Lannion hospital center in Côtes-d’Armor, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) warned in a press release on Monday March 15. During the ongoing investigation, it was classified as “monitored” by the health authorities. Accordingly, 79 cases of Covid-19 were discovered on March 13, including eight cases with the variant, all of which died.
According to ARS Bretagne, “there is no causal link between these eight deaths and the new variant”, hence the importance of the epidemiological studies carried out. This variant, known as “20C”, is “monitored” by the DGS, in particular because it would be difficult to detect using PCR tests. In fact, several patients with symptoms typical of Covid have had negative tests within the Lannion Hospital Center. Only after carrying out new tests “with the serology or carrying out RT-PCR on deep airway samples” could their contamination be determined.
Currently, doctors do not consider “20C” “of concern” but want to find out why it was not detected in PCR tests.