Daily Covid-19 infections in France cross 100,000 mark

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Covid infections in France hit six figures on Saturday, with health authorities registering 104,611 cases in the past 24 hours, the third day in a row that the numbers have reached record highs.

The latest figures, from the French public health agency, precede a videoconference meeting on Monday in which President Emmanuel Macron and key members of his government will discuss new Covid security measures.

Officials are concerned about the effect of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Already on Friday, the health authority had recommended adults to receive a booster three months after their initial vaccination.

Now, the government is preparing to make valid the health passport issued to vaccinated only if people accept the recall.

The pass is required to access cafes, restaurants and public spaces, as well as for international travel.

Some regions have already adopted their own security measures.

At the end of last month, for example, Savoy authorities reintroduced the compulsory wearing of masks, not only in indoor public spaces, but also outdoors – a decision just adopted in neighboring Italy.

The latest figures mark a dramatic increase since the start of the month: on December 4, the figures exceeded 50,000 for the first time before rising steadily.

To date, France has recorded 122,546 deaths from the coronavirus. So far, 76.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

(AFP)

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