Average daily new Covid-19 infections in France rise to nearly 100,000

Average daily new Covid-19 infections in France rise to nearly 100,000
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, 12 January 2022. EPA-EFE/Mohammed Badra

PARIS, July 1 (Reuters) - France reported more than 125,000 new coronavirus infections on Friday, pushing the seven-day moving average of new infections to 99,316, the highest level since April 19.

After falling from a high of over 140,000 a day at the start of April, average daily new infections fell below 18,000 a day end May.

But with mask wearing no longer mandatory in most places except in hospitals and a sharp increase in international travel, the trend turned again in June and authorities have said France is now in a seventh wave of the epidemic.

The number of COVID patients in intensive care rose by 29 to 960 on Friday, but remained well below levels of over 3,000 seen at the start of the year. The number of average new COVID deaths has been stable at around 40 per day for about three weeks.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne this week encouraged social distancing and asked citizens to start wearing masks again in confined spaces, especially on public transport, but did not speak of making mask wearing mandatory again.

Masks were mandatory on public transport until mid May.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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