France said on Saturday that more than 50,000 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as COVID-19 cases rocketed into millions despite receiving a vaccine booster shot.
Health officials said 51,624 new daily cases of Covid were reported in the country. France’s record daily number of cases stood at around 118,000 in mid-April, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
France has recorded an average of about 41,000 new cases in the past week, compared to less than 28,000 a week ago.
Some 694 people were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours, of which 119 were seriously ill.
In the same period, the coronavirus killed 113 people.
As France heads towards winter, cases continue to rise.
Health Minister Olivier Veran has ruled out a lockdown for the time being, but urged all adults in the country of 67 million to sign up for a third COVID-19 vaccine by mid-January.
“Ten million French people have gotten a booster jab to keep their defenses against Covid,” he wrote on Twitter.
After January 15, residents aged 18 to 64 must show proof of a booster vaccine seven months after the second dose in order to maintain a valid COVID-19 pass, entering restaurants, bars, gyms and other public places. necessary to do. ,
A total of 119,457 people have died of COVID-19 in France since the start of the pandemic.