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France reeling under ‘vertigo’ daily record of more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases

France reeling under 'vertigo' daily record of more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases

People wearing protective face masks are pictured on a rainy day in Montorguil street, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Paris, France, December 27, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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PARIS, December 29 (Reuters) – France is witnessing a “tsunami” of COVID-19 infections, with 208,000 cases reported in the past 24 hours, a new national and European record, Health Minister Olivier Veran told lawmakers on Wednesday. Told.

France has been repeatedly breaking records of infections over the past few days, with Tuesday’s 180,000 cases already the most for any country in Europe, according to data from Covidtracker.fr.

“This means that in our country 24 hours a day and night, every second two French people are found positive,” Veran said. “We have never experienced such a situation,” he said, describing the increase in cases as “dizziness”.

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Global COVID-19 infections have hit a record high in the past seven days, Reuters data showed on Wednesday, as the new Omicron variant spread rapidly, keeping many workers at home and heavy testing centers . read more

The situation in French hospitals was already worrisome because of the delta version, Veran said, adding that Omicron is not yet in effect, something he said will happen eventually.

“We have two enemies,” he said, referring to the two main forms. “For Omicron, I will no longer talk about a wave. It is a groundwell, where many waves combine to form one giant wave,” he said.

He said the flu would further complicate things for hospitals.

“I’m not sick, I just have a dry throat,” said Veran, who coughed repeatedly during the hearing, triggering terrified laughter from those sitting next to him.

While the government has ruled out a curfew on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion in mainland France, where the number of cases is particularly high, a curfew will be imposed from January 1 to January 23 from 9 pm to 5 am.

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Reporting by Benoit van Overstraeten, Geert de Klerk and Marc Engrand; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Hugh Lawson

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