PARIS, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – France has seen the biggest spike in new coronavirus infections since late July, the last day of free testing for unvaccinated people, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The ministry reported 6,099 new cases in the past 24 hours, a 36% increase from 4,470 cases last Friday.
From Friday, unvaccinated people had to comply with COVID-19 tests, which until then were free in France. The tests will remain free for people who have been vaccinated, for people presenting symptoms and having a medical certificate, and for minors between 12 and 17 years old.
Epidemiologists said fewer cases could be discovered and the tally could be skewed from Saturday, when Friday’s data is released.
But, given that access to many public places and for air and train travel relies on a health pass indicating that people are vaccinated or have a recent negative test, it is not yet clear what impact will be. this decision.
The tally released on Friday was the fourth consecutive week-over-week increase, after the daily number of infections had declined virtually continuously since mid-August, when the seven-day moving average of new cases rose. to just under 24,000.
Since then, the daily average had steadily declined to less than 4,200 on Saturday, but on Sunday the trend reversed and France recorded more than 5,000 new cases per day over the past four days.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to decline, from 53 to 6,470 on Friday, and the number of COVID patients in intensive care remained stable at 1,076.
France also recorded 32 new deaths, and the seven-day average of deaths fell from one to 30.
At the end of last month, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the health situation of COVID-19 was improving in France, but added that the government did not intend to ease restrictions on health passes put in place to curb a fourth wave of infections.
Report by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Alison Williams
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