Pyrénées-Orientales: Covid is back under its Deltacron variant, more than 18% of positive cases detected for 4,500 PCR tests

Le Covid seems to be making a new push in the world, in Europe and in France, in the Pyrénées-Orientales. On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the incidence rate rose in the Pyrenees-Orientales to 307 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Down the Omicron, place the Deltacron. This new mutation, with the scientifically named variants L452R and K417N, has made its appearance and has become the majority in the last three weeks in the department, leading to a surge in contamination. Covid more contagious than these predecessors, this coronavirus thus puts the department back under surveillance. On June 14, according to the Occitanie Regional Health Agency, 307 cases per 100,000 inhabitants were registered, while hospitalizations unfortunately returned to tarnish the local epidemiological picture.

Benoît Marnet, president of Inovie Biopole 66 laboratories, confirms the push.
Nicolas Parent

Benoît Marnet, president of the independent private laboratory Inovie Biopole 66, confirms this. In the last week, the Biopole-Médilab group performed more than 4,500 RT-PCR tests for a positive percentage of 18.3%. A 52% rebound from Sars-Cov-2 linked to Deltacron. “It looks more aggressive than Omicron, but let’s not be alarmed. I’m especially touched “, analyzes the expert biologists. Watchful for this almost unexpected takeover of Covid.

52% Deltacron mutation

“However, the situation is not entirely surprising, people have abandoned the wearing of the mask and no longer respect the barrier gestures”, regrets Benoît Marnet calling on the vaccinated or unvaccinated population to be screened for the slightest symptoms of rhinitis, fever, aches and pains. And to double the test. “In case of positive antigenicity, it is essential to perform an RT-PCR in the laboratory to analyze the mutation”he advises, almost worried about the rapid circulation of the two variants in a season when air conditioning requires less air or even more air at all.

Faced with this resurgence of positivity, private medical biology laboratories have decided to maintain a screening device accordingly. Until 31 August, in addition to the city laboratories, the cultural centers of Cabestany and Toulouges as well as a tent set up in the car park of the Perpignan exhibition center will remain open to the public for all RT-PCR tests.

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