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French Health Minister: too early to say if current COVID-19 wave has peaked

French Health Minister Olivier Veran holds a news conference in
French Health Minister Olivier Veran holds a news conference in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Wednesday it was too early to say if the current, Omicron-fuelled wave of the new coronavirus had peaked in the country, which is currently reporting record numbers of daily new cases.

“We still need a bit of time to work out whether or not we are near a current COVID peak, ” Veran told France info radio, adding that the more dangerous Delta variant was declining in France.

French health authorities on Tuesday reported 368,149 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day tally of the pandemic. And the seven-day moving average of new cases, which smoothes out reporting irregularities, rose to a record level of 283,394.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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