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Ómicron ‘sweeps’ France: COVID cases exceed 100,000 for the first time in the pandemic

France reported a daily record of new COVID cases on Saturday, with more than 100,000, while President Emmanuel Macron weighs specific measures to contain the rapidly spreading omicron variant.

COVID cases were located in 104 thousand 611 this Saturday, according to data from the public health office, surpassing the 94 thousand 124 infections registered the previous day. France reported 84 deaths this Christmas.

Macron, who is expected to seek a second term in the April elections, will convene his health defense council next Monday to discuss the coronavirus. The Government intends to adopt a system that requires people to be fully vaccinated to enter bars, restaurants and cultural venues starting in early January to help slow the spread

Health Minister Olivier Veran predicted earlier this week that omicron will become the dominant variant in France over the period to from Christmas to New Years Day. Ómicron has also led cases to records in the UK and Italy.

Currently, more than 16,000 people are hospitalized for COVID in France, including some 3,300 in intensive care. There have been more than 122,500 deaths.

On the other hand, the new daily cases in the US of the omicron variant now have exceeded the peak established in their day by delta, reported CNN.

Hospitalizations remain lower than the peaks of earlier this year, the report added. More than 69,000 people were hospitalized on Friday, he said CNN, citing data from the Department of Health and Human Services.


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