English variant in 10% of French COVID-19 cases -govt

People wearing protective masks are seen in a tramway shortly before a nationwide curfew, from 6 p.m to 6 a.m, due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nice, France January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS, Jan 28 (Reuters) - The variant of COVID-19 first discovered in England, which is said to have a higher rate of transmission, has been found in 10% of the COVID-19 cases in France, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said.

Attal reiterated in an interview with France Inter radio on Thursday that the option of a stricter lockdown remained open to President Emmanuel Macron's government, but he did not provide more specific detail.

France reported nearly 27,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, its biggest one-day jump since mid-November when France was in its second full lockdown, indicating current curfew measures are not containing the virus. read more

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Jason Neely

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