France reports 100,000 cases of COVID for the first time | Coronavirus pandemic News
Saturday’s tally marked the third day in a row the numbers have reached record highs and comes amid concerns about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
France reported a record 104,611 COVID-19 infections on Saturday, surpassing the 100,000 threshold for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Saturday’s tally marked the third day in a row that numbers have reached record highs.
They precede a meeting by video conference on Monday in which President Emmanuel Macron and key members of his government will discuss new security measures linked to COVID-19.
Officials are concerned about the effect of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Already on Friday, the health authority recommended that adults 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, authorities in Savoie, a department in south-eastern France, reintroduced the mandatory wearing of masks, not only in indoor public spaces, but also outdoors – a decision which has just been 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.
Since the start of the pandemic, France has recorded 122,546 deaths from the coronavirus. So far, 76.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.