According to the news of International French Radio (RFI), in the statement made by the French Public Health Agency, it was reported that the increase in the number of Eris cases was observed in all regions, but the highest increase was in popular holiday regions.
While an increase has been observed in the number of people hospitalized with suspicion of COVID-19 in France in recent days, it was stated in the statement that the suspected cases of COVID-19 increased by 25 percent in individuals aged 15 to 74 compared to the previous week.
It was reported that this rate increased by 34 percent in individuals over the age of 74 and 56 percent in infants under the age of two.
Nouvelle Aquitaine was the region with the highest number of positive cases, with 789 of the PCR tests performed between 31 July and 6 August positive.
It was announced that 730 test results were positive in Occitanie, 689 in Ile-de-France, where the capital Paris is located, and 638 in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
It was reported that the gathering of people in holiday areas at festivals and other events to socialize may have triggered the rate of spread of Eris, while it was noted that more than a third of the new cases could be linked to Eris, a sub-variant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
There is a steady increase in the prevalence of Eris
WHO published a report on the Eris variant on August 9.
According to the report, there was a steady increase in the prevalence of Eris, which was previously a “variant under observation” and whose status was changed to “variant to watch”, and as of August 7, more than 7,000 samples from 51 countries were shared.
Based on the available evidence, the public health risk posed by Eris was assessed as “globally low”, similar to the risk for other existing COVID-19 variants.
It was also noted that Eris, depending on its characteristics, could spread globally and cause an increase in cases.