France considering lockdown as 180,000 new cases breaks record

France considering lockdown as 180,000 new cases breaks record

France considering lockdown as the country is once again seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases. A new record was reached on Tuesday (28 December) with 179,807 new infections reported over the previous 24 hours — the 100,000 daily case threshold had only been crossed for the first time on 25 December.

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French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Monday that in response to a rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the government was narrowing the delay for a third booster shot to three months from four, but there would be no curfew for New Year’s Eve.

France considering lockdown

Gatherings have also been limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors, Castex said at a press conference following a government meeting to discuss further measures, as the country experiences record numbers of positive cases and hospitalisations.

Cafes and bars are allowed to serve seated customers only for three weeks starting on January 3. But it may all change as the government are reportedly meeting urgently to discuss the latest actions on the Covid outbreak. With the possibility of returning to a full lockdown.

Prime Minister Jean Castex

New Year’s public events such as the fireworks display in Paris had already been cancelled with nightclubs closed for four weeks earlier in the month.

On 25 December, the health authorities stated that the daily number of cases has surpassed 100,000 for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.


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