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French daily COVID infections above 200,000 for second day running – Metro US

French daily COVID infections above 200,000 for second day running

People wearing face masks are seen on a Paris street
People wearing face masks are seen on a Paris street

PARIS (Reuters) – France reported 206,243 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period on Thursday, rising above 200,000 for the second day running as the Omicron variant takes hold.

A record of 208,099 was set on Wednesday, as Health Minister Oliver Veran warned of a “tsunami” of infections.

The seven-day moving average of daily new infections, which evens out reporting irregularities, reached a record 121,566, a figure multiplied by almost four in just a month.

Wearing masks in the streets of Paris and Lyon will be mandatory again as authorities seek to avoid a New Year’s Eve infection spike.

The total number of people hospitalised for COVID-19 has increased by 465 over 24 hours, standing at a more than seven-month peak of 18,321.

But that figure is still almost half the record 33,497 reached in November 2020.

The COVID-19 death toll increased by 180 over 24 hours to 123,552. The seven-day moving average of daily deaths also stood at 180.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten, writing by Ingrid Melander, editing by Nick Macfie)

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