August 2, 2021

What we know about the Indian variant cluster discovered in Strasbourg, the first in the Grand Est region

The ARS will soon communicate on this cluster of the Indian variant discovered in Strasbourg. (© (c) Jean-Paul BARBIER)

It’s here first time that a cluster of the delta variant, or Indian, is discovered in the Grand Est region. He was detected in a school in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin), report several media on Friday and Saturday.

The source of contamination was discovered this week at the HEAR (Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin) where several cases are confirmed. The establishment had to close Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Four positive cases are “already identified” and 43 contact cases are “under investigation”, said the ARS in a press release on Saturday morning.

“This is overwhelming news”

“This is overwhelming news,” said David Cascaro; the director of this school at Latest News from Alsace.

The European Center for Artistic Actions, next to this school, has also announced that it is canceling a public event due to take place last night.

“There have been cases of Covid, probably transmitted by a German artist who had traveled before coming to Strasbourg for the assembly of the exhibition”, announced Anne Wachsmann, president of the institution of contemporary art “.

A plan for contact cases

The DNA also assert that a “large-scale action plan” will be implemented this Saturday in places potentially frequented by contact cases, in particular in the district of Krutenau, located south-east of Strasbourg.

Contacted as of Friday by News Strasbourg, the Regional Health Agency of the Grand Est had promised a communication in the evening on this cluster.

The ARS du Grand Est finally announced on Saturday morning an “immediate action plan” after the detection of a “Delta variant cluster (called Indian)” within the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg.

Faced with the situation, ARS mediators will speak from a stand in Zurich, offering self-tests and vaccination appointments, note France Blue.

Much more contagious than the English variant

According to studies, the Indian variant is between 40% and 60% more contagious than the English variant.

According to a study by the British health authorities (Public Health England) published in June, 42,323 cases (29,892 more than a week ago) of this variant first identified in India and present in around fifty countries were detected in UK.

It accounts for more than 90% of new cases and causes a third wave in the country. The government could also announce a delay of a new phase of deconfinement, Monday, June 14.