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France records more than 50,000 daily COVID-19 cases

France said on Saturday that more than 50,000 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while the number of COVID-19 cases rocketed despite millions receiving booster vaccinations.

The country registered 51,624 new daily cases of Covid, health authorities said. The record number of daily cases in France was nearly 118,000 in mid-April, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

France has registered an average of nearly 41,000 new cases a day in the past week, compared to fewer than 28,000 a week ago.

In the past 24 hours, about 694 people had been admitted to hospitals, including 119 who were seriously ill.

The coronavirus killed 113 people in the same period.

The number of cases has risen as France enters winter.

Health Minister Olivier Veran has ruled out a lockdown for now but urged all adults in the country of 67 million to sign up for a third COVID-19 vaccine shot in mid-January.

"Ten million French people have been boosted to maintain their protection against Covid," he wrote on Twitter.

After January 15, residents aged 18 to 64 must show proof of a booster vaccine no later than seven months after the second dose to maintain a valid COVID-19 pass. required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms and other public places.

In total, 119,457 people have died from COVID-19 in France since the start of the pandemic.