In its daily update, the Public Health Agency also counted 281 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 67,431.
In the past seven days, 8,483 people have been hospitalized, including 1,313 in intensive care units, the agency added.
The country has a cumulative total of 2,747,135 infections since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The agency warned that “the epidemic is not abating and indicators remain at a high level,” noting that the number of cases increased by 17 percent last week with an average of 13,820 infections per day.
“The trend over the next two weeks will be decisive for a possible rebound in the epidemic,” he said.
With no end to gloom in sight, the French government has decided to keep museums, cinemas and music halls closed until the end of January. He originally planned to reopen the cultural venues on January 7.
Restaurants, bars and cafes – all forced to close when the country entered its second lockdown on October 30 – are not allowed to resume operations until mid-February at the earliest, instead of January 20.
Ten other departments in eastern France would be subject to an earlier night curfew from 6 p.m. The government has already implemented the same rule in 15 departments, mainly in the north-east and south-east most affected.
In a race for a cure, the National Health Authority (HAS) on Friday approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the American firm Moderna. It is the second of its kind to have received the green light from the HAS, after that of Pfizer / BioNTech.
More than 80,000 elderly people and health workers have been vaccinated this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said in a Twitter message.
As the world struggles to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in some countries with the coronavirus vaccines already authorized.
Meanwhile, 235 vaccine candidates are still in development around the world – 63 of them in clinical trials – in countries like Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States. , according to information released by the World Health Organization on Jan.6. ANI / Xinhua)
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