France reports first case of new Covid variant after man arrives back from UK

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A French citizen who recently arrived back in France from the UK has tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus, the French Health Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

According to reports the man had been living in England, before his return to his home country.

The ministry said that the case – the first in France – had been found in the city of Tours.

The man in question arrived from London on December 19 and is currently self-isolating, he is doing fine, the ministry added.

This week, France was one of the first countries to impose a travel ban after millions were placed into Tier 4 lockdown in England.

Many countries in Europe placed travel bans on the UK after Prime Minister Boris Johnson implemented tougher restrictions across London and the south east amid a new variant of the coronavirus.

France's travel ban caused chaos on the port of Dover after hauliers were stopped from crossing the Channel.

However, by Tuesday evening discussions were made and an agreement was reached between the UK and French government.

French nationals, British or EU residents who usually stay in France or are making an essential trip are now able to cross.

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However, those making the journey will have to provide a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of their departure.

The new arrangement is set to be in place until January 6.

In addition to this, addressing the UK from No.10, Mr Hancock said two cases of a new Covid variant from South Africa have been identified in the UK.

Brits in South Africa now face tough quarantine restrictions upon return to the UK after the new "highly concerning" Covid strain was detected in the country.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told press on Wednesday, December 23, a new variant from South Africa has been identified in the UK.

It is understood to be "more transmissible" than known variants, and has "mutated further" than a mutation identified in England at the end of September.

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