France sixth country with more than 10 million. COVID infections

PARIS, January 1 (Reuters) – France became the sixth country in the world to report more than 10 million COVID-19 infections since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to official data released Saturday.

French health authorities reported 219,126 newly confirmed cases in a 24-hour period, the fourth day in a row, that the country has registered more than 200,000 cases.

France joined the United States, India, Brazil, Britain and Russia in having had more than 10 million cases.

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Saturday’s figure was the second highest after the record of 232,200 on Friday, when French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the next few weeks would be difficult.

In his New Year’s Eve speech, Macron did not mention a need for more restrictive health measures than those already announced, adding that the government should refrain from further restricting individual freedoms.

A woman arrives at a mobile test stand for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, December 31, 2021. REUTERS / Christian Hartmann

But the government said earlier on Saturday that from Monday, it will be mandatory to wear masks in public spaces for children as young as six years against 11 before.

And some big cities, including Paris and Lyon, have reintroduced that everyone has to wear masks on the street.

The seven-day moving average of new cases in France, which evens out daily reporting of irregularities, rose to a record high of 157,651 – almost fivefold in one month.

The number of hospital admissions due to COVID-19 has increased by 96 in 24 hours, which is at a peak of more than seven months at 18,811. But that number is still almost half the record of 33,497 in November 2020.

The COVID-19 death toll rose by 110 over 24 hours to 123,851, the 12th highest globally. The seven-day moving average of new daily deaths has reached 186, a high since May 14th.

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Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edited by Hugh Lawson and Andrew Cawthorne

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