France records 50,000 daily Covid cases as hospital admissions rise

France on Saturday said more than 50,000 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 Hours, as Covid-19 cases rocketed despite millions receiving a vaccine booster shot.

France records 50,000 daily Covid cases as hospital admissions rise
A member of staff at the pulmonology department of the Nouvel Hopital Civil in Strasbourg. Photo: Patrick Hertzog/AFP

The country recorded 51,624 new daily cases of Covid, health authorities said.

France has recorded an average of almost 41,000 new cases a day over the past week, compared to less than 28,000 a week ago. Some 694 people had been admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours, including 119 who were critically ill. The coronavirus killed 113 people over the same period.

The Local’s contributor John Lichfield posted a thread on Twitter analysing the surging case rate. 

Cases have shot up as France heads into winter. Health Minister Olivier Veran has for the moment ruled out a lockdown, but
urged all adults in the country of 67 million to sign up for a third Covid vaccine jab by mid-January.

“Ten million French people have gotten a booster jab to maintain their protection against Covid,” he wrote on Twitter.

After January 15, residents aged 18 to 64 will have to show proof of a top-up vaccine no more than seven months after the second dose to maintain a valid Covid pass, which is required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms and other public venues.

In total, 119,457 people have died of Covid in France since the start of the pandemic.

Member comments

  1. Is there still a requirement to wait 5 months after the second jab before being allowed the booster ? On that basis , my booster is not permitted til 22 January. Can I take it earlier ?

    1. Stuart, short answer, yes. Pfizer/Moderna are mRNA jabs’ and require boosters after 6 months from your last dose. Jannsen requires a booster jab 2 months after your dose. I can not speak to AstraZ or any other manufacture. But with mRNA jabs, you will get a half dose in the booster. You may want to take your time with the booster as most companies are in development with an updated booster to cover the omicron variant.

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Will France’s Covid-19 health pass be consigned to the past?

France suspended but did not cancel the Covid pass in March - but the government has suggested it might not return, even with the country in the grip of the virus’s seventh wave

Will France's Covid-19 health pass be consigned to the past?

Cases of Covid-19 in France have risen 57.8 percent in the past week with daily cases topping the 200,000 mark on Tueday.

The virus’s seventh wave has the country in its grip – but it seems the government has no plans to reintroduce vaccine pass measures.

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The vaccine pass –  itself a two-month development of the old health pass which had been required for entry to certain venues such as bars, restaurants and cafes – was suspended on March 14th, as cases of Covid-19 in France fell. But the health emergency law that enforced it was still in effect and allowed it to be reactivated at any time.

That law runs out on July 31st. Now, it seems the pass will not return. Reports in the French press last month claimed that the health ministry was discussing the possibility of re-imposing some form of pass sanitaire, a bill intended to replace the current health emergency laws makes no mention of it. 

The new president of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, confirmed this week that the vaccine pass was not included in the new bill, entitled “health monitoring and security”, which will be submitted to the National Assembly for debate from July 11 and will, if passed, come into law on August 1st – the day after the current law expires.

“[It] is not what is planned in the text of the law that will be submitted to parliament this week,” Braun-Pivet said.

Rather, the bill extends epidemic surveillance and contact case identification systems until March 31st, 2023. 

The second provides for the implementation of border control measures – such as requiring visitors to France to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test – if a so-called variant of concern were to spread rapidly abroad, as confirmed by new government spokesman Olivier Véran. 

Currently, most health rules in place at the height of the pandemic have been relaxed. Masks are only required in French hospitals, health centres and places that have vulnerable residents such as nursing homes. They are also recommended in crowded spaces where it is impossible to practice social distancing.

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