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In France, two risk clusters of the mutated coronavirus variant were discovered in Great Britain, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.

The UK raised the alarm last month over the variant, which experts say is much more contagious than the original coronavirus.

The clusters were located in the western French region of Brittany and in the Paris region, the ministry said in a statement.

A total of 19 cases of infection with the variant have been confirmed in France, plus three cases of people infected with another new strain first discovered in South Africa.

France recorded 25,379 new viral infections in the past 24 hours on Wednesday, up from 20,489 the day before.

According to health authorities, a total of 66,565 people have died from the virus in France.

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