Covid-19: more than 94,000 positive cases, new (sad) record in France


France crossed the threshold of 94,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday evening, Christmas Eve, in a single day.

France crossed the threshold of 94,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday evening, Christmas Eve, a threshold never reached since the start of the epidemic in March 2020, according to figures published by Public Health France. 94,124 new cases were recorded in 24 hours, under the effect of the fifth wave which intensifies carried by the variant Omicron, much more contagious.

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Over the past seven days, the average stood at 66,417 cases. The previous record dates back to Thursday when more than 91,000 cases had been recorded. We have to go back to the peak of the 2nd wave, that is, November 2020, to find such levels (86.852). Thousands of French people rushed to pharmacies on Friday to get tested to hope to spend Christmas with their family.

Pressure also continues to mount on critical care services, which have 3,254 patients against 3,208 on Tuesday, with 316 new admissions. 16,173 people are currently hospitalized against 16,060 the day before, with 1,398 new admissions. The number of deaths since the start of the epidemic has reached 122,462, 169 more than the day before.

Since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, more than 52.6 million people have received at least one injection (i.e. 78.1% of the total population) and 51,585,838 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 76 , 5% of the total population). And since the start of the booster campaign, 21,933,063 people have received an additional dose.

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