Covid-19: West of Paris, Chambourcy facing the threat of variants

This Saturday, 567 screenings had been carried out in Chambourcy, according to the prefecture of Yvelines (illustration).

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A dozen cases of the South African and Brazilian variants of Covid-19 have been detected in Chambourcy, a small town in Yvelines of nearly 6,000 inhabitants, 30 km west of Paris.


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Responding to the appeal launched by their mayor, the Camboricians came in large numbers this Saturday, February 27 at the Georges Gallienne gymnasium.

Not to support ASM Chambourcy, no, but to undergo a PCR test.

Screening tents separated by partitions, a large waiting room and a reception area have been set up there.

Mireille Billet, from the Regional Health Agency (ARS), takes care of the reception.


The goal is to break the chain of transmission

," she explains at the microphone of our reporter,

Ariane Gaffuri


The more we screen, the better.


In mid-February, six adults working in a nursery school in this town of Yvelines, as well as seven children, tested positive for the South African and Brazilian variant of the coronavirus.

Faced with this “beginner cluster”, Mayor Pierre Morange informed residents via Facebook of the closure from March 1 to 5 of nursery schools, elementary schools and Chambourcy college, welcoming a little less than 1,200 students in total.

After two weeks of vacation, these establishments will not reopen on Monday.

We are living this situation with fear in our stomachs,

 " says a lady suffering from diabetes, who came to be tested with her 12-year-old son. 

With 1,400 tests available over the weekend for 5,800 inhabitants, the town hall especially invites parents of students and their children over 6 to be screened.

Saturday, 567 screenings had been carried out, according to the Yvelines prefecture which welcomes the “ 


 ” of the inhabitants.

The results of the screening, expected next Tuesday, should make it possible " 

to see it sufficiently clear

 " to decide on an extension of the closure or reopening of schools in Chambourcy, said the mayor.

In France, the South African and Brazilian variants represent 5.6% of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, according to Public Health France.


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