The new Covid-19 variant has been detected in France.
France has detected its first case of the South African variant of coronavirus, the health ministry said on Thursday.
The 501.V2 Variant was detected by South African authorities in mid-December.
Cases have since been found in Japan and Britain among other countries.
The variant, believed to be more easily transmitted like another version found in Britain, was discovered in France in a man who had returned from South Africa to his home in the Haut-Rhin region which borders Switzerland.
SA has more than one million infections so far and 26 000 people have died.
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