This is what the Minister of Health Olivier Véran says.
He said Tuesday afternoon to French deputies that “yesterday we were at 18,000 contaminations over 24 hours only” while less than 7,000 were observed a week ago.
The health authority Public Health France is expected to publish the final issue later Tuesday.
Véran attributed the increase to the Delta variant, which was first detected in India.
“This means that we have an increase in the circulation of the virus of the order of 150% over a week: we have never experienced this, neither with (the original strain of) Covid, nor with the English variant, nor with South. African nor with the Brazilian ”, he declared.
The last time France recorded more than 18,000 new infections a day was on May 13, when the country was under a nighttime curfew and non-essential shops, bars and restaurants were closed.
As of Monday, health authorities had reported 4,151 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to more than 5.8 million – the fifth highest tally in the world. The number was low as fewer people get tested on Sunday, but infections have been rising steadily for more than a week in France after nearly two months of decline.
The decrease, which took place as the country eased restrictions, was largely attributed to the vaccination campaign and Véran urged people to get bitten to derail the new wave of cases.
“We have a weapon, the vaccination,” he said. “The time for doubt and hesitation is over, the time for collective immunity is now, it is a collective responsibility and it is the only way we have (…) to get rid of the problem once and for all. COVID. “
The government currently estimates that it will reach its target of 40 million first-time vaccinations by the end of July, a month earlier than its initial schedule.
More than 37.8 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 30.7 million are considered fully vaccinated.
Vaccinations have accelerated in recent days after slowing down in late June after President Emmanuel Macron announced the COVID pass – which certifies that people have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from illness, or have recently been tested negative – would be required to visit bars, restaurants, cultural venues and public transport for long journeys arrive in early August.
He also said the tests, so far free, would only remain so for people who show symptoms and people who get tested to travel or visit bars, restaurants and other places, will have to pay.