France – Omicron sweeps – Fears that daily cases will reach 100,000

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The vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11 has started today in France, French Minister Olivier Veran announced today.

“We are opening the vaccination for children” of this age group, Veran said speaking to BFMTV-RMC, but clarified that the booster dose of the covid-19 vaccine has not been opened for adolescents “at the moment”.

At the same time, the French minister warned that the daily number of covid-19 cases in the country may reach 100,000, from the current 70,000, as France is facing the fifth wave of the epidemic.

Veran added that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus will be dominant in France until early January.

The French minister said no new restrictions were being considered at the moment, although nothing could be ruled out, with French authorities hoping the increase in the number of people vaccinated would allow them to keep the epidemic under control.

For her part, Labor Minister Elizabeth Bourne called on companies to “speed up” their shift to teleworking, urging them to prepare “already” to “strengthen” it after the Christmas holidays and to have their employees work from home 3 to 4 days a week.

“It is clear that this situation must accelerate, strengthen teleworking (…) with the aim of at least three days a week for the jobs that allow it, or even four when possible,” Bourne told the radio. Europe station 1.

The Omicron wave is spreading very fast in France, with about 20% of covid-19 cases due to this strain, compared to 10% last weekend, the French government announced yesterday, Tuesday.

In addition, 72,832 new cases of covid-19 and 210 deaths were recorded in France yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 94,913.

The incidence of covid-19 has reached a record high again in France, with 545 cases per week per 100,000 inhabitants and the rate in Paris is almost double.

Source: ΑΠΕ

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