The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern on Thursday June 25 about the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Europe. That same day, the French Ministry of Health announced an unprecedented wave of screening until then in Île-de-France, a so-called sensitive area where 1.3 million people will be tested against the coronavirus. “The objective is to identify possible dormant clusters, that is to say the invisible foci of asymptomatic people”, explained Olivier Véran, Minister of Health. Areas where sick people, but without symptoms, could well transmit the virus. “If you want to have an impact on the chains of contamination, you must also catch asymptomatic people”confirms Dr. Martin Blachier, epidemiologist CEO of Public Health Expertise.
“At the Ministry of Health, we are not talking about a change in strategy, but about a new stage in screening”reports journalist Chloé Tixier, in duplex from the ministry. “From now on, we will track the asymptomatic, those who have the virus without knowing it and who can therefore infect other people. This campaign is conducted in Île-de-France and then possibly in other regions. A novelty, since until now, the tests were reserved for people with symptoms, and contact cases”specifies the journalist of France Télévisions.