France reports new Covid infection record with daily cases surging to over 360,000

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  • France is about to implement a stricter COVID passport system, which would require citizens to be vaccinated before entering restaurants or indoor events, rather than being vaccinated or registering a negative test.
  • President Emmanuel Macron sparked controversy last week by saying he would make life difficult for citizens who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • More than 50% of Europe’s population will be infected with the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the next two months, according to forecasts shared by a top World Health Organization official.

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France saw its Covid-19 infection rate set a new record on Tuesday, as the new highly-contagious Omicron variant spread across the European continent.

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The figure of 368,149 in the last 24 hours surpasses the previous record of 332,252 set on January 5.

Its seven-day moving average stood at around 270,000 on Monday, according to Our World In data, well above highs in neighboring countries such as the UK.

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France is about to implement a stricter COVID passport system, which would require citizens to be vaccinated before entering restaurants or indoor events, rather than being vaccinated or registering a negative test.

President Emmanuel Macron sparked controversy last week by saying he would make life difficult for citizens who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine.

“I’m not one to annoy the French. I yell at the administration all day when it stops them. Well, there, unvaccinated, I really want to upset them. And so, we continue this to the end.” Will keep,” the French leader said in an interview Parisian,

His remarks coincide with the parliamentary discussion on the Covid pass. With whom did Macron use the French word “emmerder” in his interview? Parisian, which can be roughly translated as “annoying” or “annoying” or would be closer to the phrase “to pee”.

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More than 50% of Europe’s population will be infected with the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the next two months, according to forecasts shared by a top World Health Organization official.

In a news briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, cited data from the Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation as saying that a new “west-to-east tidal wave” of omicron infections is sweeping the region. was spreading, on top of the previous delta version which is still prevalent.

“This [omicron] The virus is rapidly becoming the dominant virus in Western Europe and is now spreading to the Balkans.” He added that the region saw more than 7 million infections in the first week of 2022, more than doubling in the two-week period.

—CNBC’s Sylvia Amaro contributed to this article.

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