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Covid-19: new record with 208,000 cases in 24 hours in France


VS’is a new record. France has crossed for the first time the threshold of 200,000 cases, according to figures unveiled by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran. Some 208,000 cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours in France, the minister announced during a hearing at the National Assembly.

“Figures that make you dizzy,” added Olivier Véran. Tuesday evening, Public Health France had announced nearly 180,000 cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, which was already a record. “We are facing two enemies,” Delta, who has not said his last word, stressed the minister, as well as “the Omicron variant, and here I will no longer speak of the wave. I spoke of a tidal wave ”. “Given the figures that we have been recording for a few days, I will speak of a tidal wave,” said Olivier Véran.

“10% of the French population is in contact”

Faced with the outbreak of contaminations, “10% of the French population is in contact” and the unvaccinated have “little chance of passing between the drops, the virus circulates too much”, estimated the minister, his voice deep. Monday evening, he had predicted that “we could reach more than 250,000 cases per day by the beginning of January”.

Many countries are facing this outbreak of contaminations, linked to the Omicron variant. This is the case of the United States, which on Tuesday recorded a record average of 265,427 new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns-Hopkins University. The seven-day average of daily cases in the country surpassed the previous peak recorded in the third wave, in January 2021.

The same goes for Denmark, which is currently the country in the world with the most new cases of Covid-19 compared to its population. He thus pulverized his absolute record on Wednesday with 23,228 additional cases in 24 hours. However, this record is largely explained by a very large number of PCR tests carried out after Christmas, the rate of positive tests remaining almost stable, at 12.3%, according to data from the health authorities. The previous peak was reached on Monday with 16,164 cases.