New French Surveillance Strategy Complicates Tracking Omicron Variant

DESCRIPTION – There is no longer enough data on this worrying variant published in open access to follow its day-to-day spread.

“Breaking the compass when the storm comes is terrible”Florence Débarre, a researcher in evolutionary biology at the CNRS at Sorbonne University, warned on Twitter on December 18. It is clear that his prediction is proven on Omicron’s tracking in France: there is no longer enough data on this worrying variant published in open access to follow its spread day by day. It is, however, dazzling: in Denmark and the United Kingdom, which closely follow Omicron, the number of infections attributed to it doubles approximately every two days.

But in France, with the new Omicron monitoring strategy announced on December 17 by the General Directorate of Health and which will come into force on December 20, it is no longer possible to quantify Omicron precisely, at the moment when everything is going thinking he takes over. the Delta variant. We will remain in the dark at least until “early January 2022”, date announced by Public Health France for the…

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