The new wave is here.
This Wednesday, Public Health France recorded a new increase in the number of hospitalized patients due to a Covid-19 infection.
In detail, 10,558 patients are treated in hospitals, against 10,249 Tuesday, and 8,765 last Wednesday.
Of this number, 1,886 patients are treated in critical care.
They were 1,824 Tuesday, and 1,483 last Wednesday.
Public Health France also records 93 new deaths linked to Covid-19, bringing the total of deaths in France to at least 119,200.
A disturbing new variant
The rise in contaminations, mainly due to the Delta variant, occurs as concerns rise after the appearance of the new Omicron variant.
Faced with the threat, France announced a tightening of the conditions of access to its territory by imposing in particular a negative test for all travelers, even vaccinated, coming from a country outside the European Union.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal also announced that flights with ten southern African countries would resume from Saturday but with "extremely strict and drastic supervision".
Only French people, EU nationals, diplomats and seafarers will be able to travel to these destinations.
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There is no "miracle solution" to curb the current wave of Covid, warned Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the Scientific Council, calling for quick revaccination and better respect for barrier gestures before spreading the Omicron variant.