France has registered 41,869 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the Public Health Authority announced on Friday.
As many as 304 people have died in hospitals in the past 24 hours and 594 in nursing homes for the elderly in the past three days.
With the new additions, the death toll rose to 94,302.
The number of people who have contracted the virus has increased from 41,869 to more than 4.46 million.
A total of 27,242 people are treated in hospitals, including 4,766 in intensive care, while the number of recoveries has risen to 288,062.
The number of vaccinated since December 27 exceeds 7.51 million, including more than 2.65 million who received their second vaccine, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
On March 16, the first anniversary of France’s first national lockdown, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said: “The pandemic is working overtime. We are in what looks like a third wave form… characterized by the variants.
Two days later, Castex took his first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine as its administration resumed nationwide after an eight-day suspension due to safety concerns.
Almost a week later, on March 25, the country banned outdoor gatherings of more than six people to stem the spread of the disease.
“The trend is accelerating everywhere,” said Health Minister Olivier Veran, who announced restrictive measures in Aube, Nièvre and Rhône, bringing the total of semi-confined administrative divisions to 19.
The diagnosis of 45,000 cases was last recorded in October when France announced a second lockdown. Veran, however, refuted the possibility of a third lockdown.
The situation remains very worrying in the northern regions of the Paris region of Ile-de-France and Hauts-de-France and Provence in the south, which is experiencing an increase in hospitalizations.
Admissions to intensive care units include younger patients, many of whom are infected with rapidly spreading variants.
Since December 2019, the pandemic has killed more than 2.76 million people in 192 countries and regions.
More than 125.9 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeding 71.34 million, according to figures compiled by the United States-based Johns Hopkins University.
* Writing by Merve Berker
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