With the large number of screenings carried out in the run-up to the Christmas holidays, France yesterday experienced a record with 100,000 new Covid-19 contaminations in 24 hours, against 28,000 this Sunday.
The figures for new contaminations had never been higher since the start of the epidemic. 100,000 new contaminations in just 24 hours, this Saturday. So inevitably, with the Christmas holidays coming to an end, fewer screening tests have been carried out in France, considerably reducing the number of new cases.
This Sunday, Public Health France has 27,697 new cases in the last 24 hours. A much lower level than the previous days, also linked to the closure of a very large number of pharmacies and test centers on Christmas Day.
With the much more contagious Omicron variant, the average of cases over the last seven days was 70,000 new infections.
506 new admissions
Pressure also continues to mount on critical care services which have 3,299 patients against 3,282 on Saturday, with 93 new admissions. Same surge in terms of hospitalizations with 16,365 people currently hospitalized against 16,162 the day before, or 506 new admissions.
Faced with the acceleration of health degradation, President Emmanuel Macron will hold by videoconference a Health Defense Council dedicated to Covid-19 at 4 p.m., one hour before the Council of Ministers which must adopt the bill establishing the vaccination pass.
Initially scheduled for entry into force at the end of January, this text will be examined in committee at the National Assembly from Wednesday, before going to the Senate from January 5.
On the health situation, government spokesman Gabriel Attal had specified that a « reassessment » was scheduled for Monday, while Omicron will undoubtedly become the majority in France this week.
22 million booster doses
Since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, more than 52.7 million people have received at least one injection (i.e. 78.2% of the total population) and 51.6 million people now have a complete vaccination schedule ( i.e. 76.5% of the total population).
And since the start of the booster campaign, 22 million people have received an additional dose.