France is facing a new wave of Covid-19 infections fuelled by new variants of the disease.
French vaccination chief Alain Fischer said yesterday, as daily new cases reached an almost two-month peak the day before at more than 95,000.
Speaking on France 2 television, he said there was no doubt there was once again an upsurge of the pandemic in the country
Adding he was personally in favor of reinstating mandatory face mask-wearing on public transport.
Other European countries, especially Portugal, are also seeing an increase, due to two new Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.
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which, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, are likely to become dominant in the region.
The variants do not appear to carry a higher risk of severe disease than other forms of Omicron but as they are somewhat more infectious than the latter, it could lead to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths, the ECDC said.
There is traditionally a two-week delay between cases and hospitalization trends and then a similar delay regarding Covid-deaths.
New infections have been steadily rising since the end of May in France, with the seven-day moving average of daily new cases almost tripling between the May 27 figure of 17,705 and Tuesday's 50,402.
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That total is nonetheless still seven times lower than the 366,179 records reached the start of the year.
France's Covid death toll rose by 56 over 24 hours on Tuesday, to reach 149,162. - thedailystar