France says 5th wave of COVID strikes at lightning speed – .

France says 5th wave of COVID strikes at lightning speed – .

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Fifth wave coronavirus infections in France are increasing at an alarming rate, the government reported on Sunday, with daily new cases of COVID nearly doubling in the past week.

The seven-day average of new cases reached 17,153 on Saturday, down from 9,458 a week earlier, health officials said, an increase of 81%.

“The fifth wave is starting with lightning speed,” government spokesman Gabrial Attal told media.

The latest seven-day increase is three times the average increase in cases recorded over the previous three weeks, indicating an exponential acceleration in infections.

So far, the surge in infections has not resulted in a massive influx of COVID patients into hospitals, with authorities blaming the limited number of patients in intensive care for the high rate of vaccination in France which appears to be very effective against the forms. most dangerous of COVID.

As of Saturday, hospitals reported a total of 7,974 COVID patients under their care, including 1,333 in intensive treatment.

This compares to 6,500 and 1,000, respectively, a month earlier.

“There is a very strong increase in infections, but we also know that in France we have very high vaccination coverage,” he said. “We seem to be ahead of our neighbors when it comes to booster shots. “

France’s introduction of a health pass before other countries this summer has also helped control COVID, he said.

The health pass, mandatory in French restaurants, cafes and many cultural places, certifies that a person is fully vaccinated, has recently recovered from COVID, or has tested negative for the virus.

The government continues to defend its choice to “put the weight of restrictions on the unvaccinated rather than the vaccinated,” Attal said.

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