Covid-19: France closes 300,000 new cases daily – minister

Today, the French Public Health is expected to announce a number not far from 300,000 infections in the last 24 hours”, a probably record level, said Véran, while speaking in the French Parliament, noting that the record of cases in a single day was set at the end of December, with around 230,000 infected.

The numbers attest to the magnitude of the current wave of the epidemic with the arrival of the Omicron variant, considerably more contagious than the previous ones, although its severity seems limited.

The effects on hospitals, however, are already being felt, with more than 2,000 admissions in a single day, according to data released Monday by the French Public Health.

The increase in registered cases is partially explained by an unprecedented number of tests (PCR or antigens), which, according to Véran, reached eight million last week.

However, the increase in the epidemic is very real, as evidenced by the leap in “positivity rate”, the proportion of cases in people tested, currently surpassing 15%, close to the record of the autumn of 2020.

If the number of contaminations makes you “impressed”, as Véran assumed, the minister insisted on the protection afforded by vaccination, which remains largely effective against severe forms of covid-19.

For a patient vaccinated with a booster, 20 unvaccinated patients are found in intensive care units”, continued the minister, defending the use of the vaccination certificate created by the Government.

The French government had intended the measure to pass Parliament on Monday night, but in a dramatic turnaround, the vote was delayed by several opposition parties, who managed to suspend debates.

A covid-19 has caused 5,448,314 deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.

A new variant, Ómicron, considered worrisome and highly contagious by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been detected in southern Africa, but since the South African health authorities raised the alert on 24 November, infections in hairs have been reported. 110 countries less, being dominant in Portugal.

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