Covid-19: more than 100,000 new cases in 24 hours, a record that raises fears of new measures

Saturday, Christmas Day, France crossed the threshold of 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours. A figure never reached since the start of the epidemic! President Emmanuel Macron will hold a Health Defense Council today, at 4 p.m., and new measures could be decided.

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France crossed the threshold of 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours on Saturday, Christmas Day, unprecedented, while the government must reassess the situation on Monday. With 104,611 new cases in 24 hours, the country has reached a threshold not seen since the start of theepidemic in mars 2020, according to figures published Saturday evening by the agency Public Health France. The 50,000 mark was passed on December 4 and this figure has therefore doubled in three weeks, according to data from the health agency.

Towards a strengthening of health measures?

Faced with the proliferation of variant Omicron, the executive is mobilized. President Emmanuel Macron will hold Monday by videoconference a Sanitary Defense Council at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. GMT), one hour before the Council of Ministers which must adopt the bill establishing the vaccination pass. A few days before the New Year, will the government announce stronger restrictions or will it choose the status quo?

Some measures have already been taken locally, such as in Savoie (south-east). A prefectural decree extends the measures in force since November 30, imposing wearing a mask to people aged 11 and over, including outdoors, in places with more than 10 people, such as markets, theaters, etc. Wearing a mask is also compulsory for those aged 11 and over from 9 a.m. to midnight in the municipalities of Chambéry, Aix-les-Bains and Albertville and the municipalities of ski resorts (such as Tignes or La Plagne).

The number of deaths since the start ofepidemic reached 122,546, 84 more than the day before (169 Friday).

Finally, since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, 52,712,462 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 78.2% of the total population) and 51,606,171 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 76, 5% of the total population). And since the start of the booster campaign, 21,947,185 people have received an additional dose.

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