PARIS (REUTERS, AFP) – France turned the sixth nation on the earth to report greater than 10 million Covid-19 infections because the outbreak of the pandemic, in accordance with official knowledge printed on Saturday (Jan 1).
French well being authorities reported 219,126 new confirmed circumstances in a 24-hour interval, the fourth day in a row that the nation has recorded greater than 200,000 circumstances.
France joined the USA, India, Brazil, Britain and Russia in having had greater than 10 million circumstances.
Saturday’s determine was the second highest after the 232,200 report on Friday when French President Emmanuel Macron warned the following few weeks could be troublesome however he stopped wanting imposing new restrictive measures to comprise the virus.
However the authorities mentioned earlier on Saturday that from Monday sporting masks in public areas could be obligatory for kids as younger as six. Masks had beforehand been obligatory from the age of 11, however Paris is tightening rules given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Youngsters aged six and older should don a masks on all technique of public transport inside nationwide borders from Monday, whereas carriers won’t serve any meals or drink for 3 weeks from the identical date.
Some huge cities, together with Paris and Lyon, have re-imposed sporting of masks on the street for everybody.
Prime Minister Jean Castex had flagged up the drinks and meals ban on transport final Monday.
A spokesman for the SNCF nationwide railway operator indicated the most recent restrictions imply passengers won’t be permitted to take away their face masks even to eat or drink, save for cross-border providers together with Thalys and Eurostar.
Restaurant providers might be suspended on high-speed TGV and inter-city providers as from Monday till Jan 23, SNCF mentioned in response to the decree.
French Well being Minister Olivier Veran mentioned on Sunday the isolation interval for totally vaccinated individuals who take a look at optimistic for Covid-19 could be lower to seven days from 10 days.
French authorities adopted different international locations corresponding to the USA, which this week lower the isolation interval to forestall disruptions in industries for lack of employees.
“This isolation may very well be lifted after 5 days in case of a damaging take a look at. Those that aren’t vaccinated should self-isolate for 10 days, with a chance to come back out of isolation after seven days underneath the identical phrases”, Mr Veran instructed newspaper le Journal du Dimanche printed on Sunday.
He additionally mentioned the brand new Covid-19 Omicron variant was too contagious to be stopped until a “strict lockdown” was re-imposed.
The seven-day shifting common of latest circumstances in France, which smoothes out every day reporting irregularities, rose to an all-time excessive of 157,651 – leaping nearly five-fold in a month.
The variety of individuals hospitalised for Covid-19 has elevated by 96 over 24 hours, standing at a greater than seven-month peak of 18,811. However that determine continues to be nearly half the report 33,497 reached in November 2020.
The Covid-19 demise toll elevated by 110 over 24 hours to 123,851, the twelfth highest globally. The seven-day shifting common of latest every day deaths has reached 186, a excessive since Could 14.