As countries race against time to immunize citizens for better protection against COVID-19, many countries are seeing an upsurge in cases.
In France, the number of people kept in intensive care units increased over the weekend. French hospitals recorded 66 new cases requiring intensive care, bringing the total to 4,353 – a record for 2021.
The country’s health ministry revealed the figures on March 20, suggesting an increase in the number of severe cases in the country.
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Cases are rising again in France, increasing by 35,327 to a total of 4.25 million. On Wednesday alone, the country saw an increase of 35,088 cases. The death toll in the country rose by 185 to 92,167. As of Thursday, the country had recorded 285 deaths.
In a statement, the country’s health ministry said that on Saturday 6.14 million people received the first injection of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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This means that more than 9.2% of the total population had received their first vaccine and 11.7% of the adult population had received the first vaccine.
On Saturday, a third of the French population was placed under lockdown restrictions as the government tries to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Paris and other areas of northern France.