France is facing a new wave of COVID-19 infections fueled by new variants of the disease, French vaccination chief Alain Fischer said on Wednesday as daily new cases peaked at almost two months the previous day reached over 95,000.
Speaking on France 2 television, he said there was no doubt that there was a resurgence of the pandemic in the country, adding that he was personally in favor of wearing a mandatory face mask worn on public transport, reset.
“The question is, ‘What intensity does this wave have?'” Fischer said.
Other European countries, especially Portugal, are also seeing an increase, due to two new Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, are likely to become dominant in the region.
The variants do not appear to have a higher risk of serious diseases than other forms of Omicron, but as they are somewhat more contagious 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 with respect to COVID deaths.
New infections have been steadily increasing in France since the end of May, with the seven-day moving average of daily new cases nearly tripling between the May 27 figure of 17,705 and Tuesday’s 50,402.
That total is nevertheless still seven times lower than the 366,179 record reached at the beginning of the year.
The number of people admitted to hospital for the disease dropped to a six-month low of 13,876 on Saturday, but it has increased by 458 over the past three days, to 14,334, a high of almost three weeks.
France’s COVID death toll rose by 56 to 249,162 over 24 hours on Tuesday.
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