- France reports new daily record of over 1,00,000 new Covid cases since pandemic outbreak
- A total of 16,162 Covid patients are currently hospitalised in France
- With an additional 84 Covid deaths recorded, the national death toll has reached 1,22,546
France has reported 1,04,611 new cases of Covid-19, the highest daily record since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, bringing its cumulative caseload to 9,088,371.
A total of 16,162 Covid-19 patients are currently hospitalised and 3,282 of them are in intensive care, Xinhua news agency reported, citing French Public Health Agency.
With an additional 84 Covid-19 deaths recorded, the national death toll has reached 1,22,546, the agency added.
The French Health Ministry said that 52,712,462 people have received at least one vaccine dose, accounting for about 78.2 percent of the whole population.
On Thursday, the French Scientific Council advised the French government on the ongoing rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
"Its progression is extremely rapid, especially among the 20-29 years olds. In January, we are expecting hundreds of thousands of new cases a day," said Arnaud Fontanet, an epidemiologist and member of the scientific council.
French President Emmanuel Macron will hold on Monday a meeting of the Health Defence Council. An urgent meeting of the Council of Ministers is expected to adopt a draft bill to transform the current health pass to a vaccination pass. In order to get the new pass, French citizens must be vaccinated.
Additionally, Health Minister Olivier Veran said that the Omcron strain was set to become the dominant variant in France by the end of the year but stopped short of toughening COVID-19 restrictions.
(With agencies inputs)