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France sets new daily Covid infections record

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France sets new daily Covid infections record
Patients wait to be tested for the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in Paris on December 23, 2021. - The number of daily Covid-19 cases in France is set to exceed 100 000 by the end of December due to the faster-spreading Omicron variant, French Health Minister said. France recorded almost 73 000 new infections on December 21, with an average of over 54 000 over the last seven days. But officials fear that the emergence of Omicron has changed the nature of the pandemic. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

France set a new daily coronavirus infections record on Friday, registering 94,124 cases over 24 hours, the highest figure since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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It marked the second day in a row that infections climbed to record highs.

The numbers are likely to climb further, fuelled by the super-contagious Omicron variant and the Christmas holiday season, when schools are closed and families gather.

READ ALSO: France fears over 100,000 daily Covid cases by the end of the year

Some 16,173 people are currently hospitalised for Covid-19 in the country, with 3,254 of them in emergency care.

Around 122,462 people have died of Covid-19 in France since the start of the pandemic.

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Some 76.5 percent of the population have received two vaccine doses, and nearly 21 million people in a country of 67.4 million residents have received a booster shot.

On Friday, health authority recommended that adults receive a booster jab three months after their initial vaccination.

READ ALSO: France recommends Covid booster jab 3 months after initial vaccines

 

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