With 104,611 new cases in 24 hours, the country has reached a threshold unprecedented since the start of the epidemic in March 2020, according to figures released Saturday evening by the French public health agency.
The 50,000 mark was passed on December 4 and this figure has therefore doubled in three weeks, according to data from the health agency.
Faced with the proliferation of the Omicron variant, the executive is mobilizing. President Emmanuel Macron will hold a Health Defense Council on Monday by videoconference at 4 p.m. local time, that is, one hour before the Council of Ministers which must adopt the bill establishing the vaccination pass.
A few days before the New Year, will the government announce stronger restrictions or will it choose the status quo?
The third dose is launched
Some measures have already been taken locally, such as in Savoie (south-east). A prefectural decree extends the measures in force since November 30, requiring the wearing of masks for people 11 years of age and over, including outdoors, in places with more than 10 people, such as markets, theaters, etc. .
Wearing a mask is also compulsory for those aged 11 and over from 9 a.m. to midnight in the municipalities of Chambéry, Aix-les-Bains and Albertville and the municipalities of ski resorts (such as Tignes or La Plagne).
The number of deaths since the start of the epidemic has reached 122,546, 84 more than the day before (169 Friday).
Finally, since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, 52,712,462 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 78.2% of the total population) and 51,606,171 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 76, 5% of the total population).
And since the start of the booster campaign, 21,947,185 people have received an additional dose.