France is facing a new COVID-19 wave, says vaccination chief

France may face a new wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases caused by the new variants, Reuters reported, citing French vaccination chief Alain Fischer.

With the daily case count of more than 95,000 on Tuesday, the number of cases in the country peaked at two months.

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Reuters quoted Fischer, speaking on France 2 television, as saying that there was absolutely no doubt about the increase in Covid cases in the country again.

He added his personal opinion on the need to reintroduce mandatory masks while using public transport and in crowded areas.

“The question is, ‘what intensity is this wave at?’ he added.

Two new Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, are also causing an increase in the number of cases in other European countries, especially Portugal.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), these Omicron subvariants have the potential to become potentially dominant in the region.

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The ECDC also added that while these variants do not carry a higher risk of serious illness than other forms of Omicron, they are more contagious than the latter and can lead to more hospitalizations and deaths.

The two-week delay between cases and hospitalization, which is the usual trend, is similar to that of COVID-19 deaths.

Since late May, France has seen steady growth in the number of Covid infections, with the seven-day moving average of daily new cases nearly tripling between the May 27 toll at 17,705 and Tuesday’s at 50,402.

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However, the total number of infections is still seven times lower than the 366,179 records reached at the beginning of the year.

Covid hospital admissions fell to a six-month low of 13,876 on Saturday; however, it is up 458 in the past three days to 14,334, which is nearly the highest point in three weeks.

The death toll from COVID-19 in France also rose 56 in 24 hours on Tuesday to 149,162.

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