The country’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 168 in the past day to 67,599, the third in Europe after Britain and Italy, and the seventh in the world, according to data released on the government website on epidemic indicators.
On Saturday, a total of 24,273 COVID-19 patients remained hospitalized, down 137 from the previous day, while 2,609 patients were in intensive care, 6 down from Friday’s figure.
Meanwhile, 21 cases of the variant coronavirus detected for the first time in Britain have been identified in a family cluster in the southern department of Bouches-du-Rhône, the region’s prefecture announced earlier today.
In order to contain the resurgence of the virus, local authorities have imposed a curfew at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than a night ban already in force in French cities since mid-December.
France has so far reported 40 cases of the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain and three cases of the variant found in South Africa.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday that he was taking the threat of these two variants “very seriously”, pledging to take all necessary measures “to avoid at all costs the spread of these variants in France”.
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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