New cases of Covid-19 in France at their highest for seven weeks, Europe News & Top Stories

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PARIS (REUTERS) – New Covid-19 infections in France are increasing on average by more than 18,000 per day, a record high in seven weeks, and the number of people hospitalized is rising again as the country first grapples with the most infectious variant of the virus found in Britain.

These latest trends, published Monday, January 11, will be discussed in the coming days by the government, which is wondering whether to impose a third national lockout and extend an 18-hour curfew, now enforced in some regions, to all France.

The French Ministry of Health reported 3,582 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a figure lower than 15,944 on Sunday and 4,022 on last Monday.

He also said more than 138,000 people have so far received doses of the vaccine as he steps up a vaccination campaign so far focused on residents of elderly care homes, healthcare workers and d other exposed or vulnerable groups.

French authorities have identified three other cases of the more infectious variant of Covid-19 which is now spreading in Britain, the regional newspaper Ouest France reported on Monday, citing health officials.

The infections were detected in the city of Cholet, in the west of the country, among members of a family normally based in Great Britain and their grandparents residing in France.

The cumulative total of cases in France stands at 2,786,838, the sixth highest in the world. The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smooths out reporting irregularities, stands at 18,155, remaining above the 18,000 threshold for the second day in a row, a streak not seen since November 23.

France has 24,846 patients treated for the virus, a record for six days. After peaking at 33,497 on November 14, that figure fell for a month due to the country’s second lockdown which ended on December 15. Since then, the count has essentially stayed between 24,000 and 25,000.

The number of people being treated in intensive care units for the disease increased for the third time in four days, to 2,676, remaining in the 2,500 to 3,000 range the government targeted to ease the lockdown last month.

The death toll from Covid-19 rose by 310, to 68,060, the seventh highest in the world.



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