France’s COVID-19 infections are rising week-by-week following easing of restrictions
France’s COVID-19 infections are rising week-by-week following easing of restrictions

France’s COVID-19 infections are rising week-by-week following easing of restrictions

People walk in Galerie Vero-Dodat covered arcade in Paris, France, February 23, 2022. REUTERS / Sarah Meyssonnier

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PARIS, March 21 (Reuters) – France reported an average of close to 90,000 new coronavirus infections over the last seven days, marking a 36% increase from a week ago, when most COVID-19 health protocol measures were repealed by the government just before noon. the country’s choice.

New cases over the previous 24 hours published on Sunday stood at 81,283, pushing a 7-day moving average to 89,002 compared to just over 60,000 average new cases a week earlier. The number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants also reached their highest value level since 18 February.

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron, which is running for re-election in less than three weeks, followed by parliamentary elections later this year, decided to lift most COVID-19 restrictions on March 14, citing a positive trend.

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This means that people in France no longer have to wear COVID face masks indoors, except for public transport, hospitals and other medical facilities. The government also lifted its requirement for COVID vaccine passes in places such as bars and cinemas.

New hospital admissions – seen as a key indicator by France’s health minister Olivier Veran – fell by just 1.7% week-on-week, the slowest decline since early February, potentially indicating a reversal of previous trends.

The recent rise in new infections was particularly strong in France’s eastern Alsace region, one of the zones most affected by the onset of the pandemic, with authorities registering well over 1,000 new cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants.

In Germany, new cases have also risen in recent days, reaching a new record of around 220,000 average new cases over the last 7 days, according to data collected by the Robert-Koch Institute.

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Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing Sudip Kar-Gupta

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