Health authorities in France have voiced concern about a “worrying” resurgence in the virus ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“We are really seeing an increase in the spread of the virus,” said Sophie Vaux, an epidemiologist at the health agency.
France registered another 264 Covid-19 deaths on Friday bringing the total of coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 60, 229.
France eased a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday December 15th but tight restrictions remain in place including a nighttime curfew from 8pm.
While people are free to travel around the country during the Christmas holiday, bars and restaurants will remain closed until at least January along with cinemas and theatres.
France saw a steep drop in the number of daily Covid-19 cases during lockdown but in recent days the number of daily infections have begun to rise once again.
On Friday France registered 15, 674 new infections compared to over 18, 000 on Thursday. The daily average had dropped to just over 10,000 at the start of December.
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