France racked up just over 94,000 cases in the previous record the previous day. More than 16,000 people are hospitalized in France with COVID-19, and 3,300 of those are in intensive care.
French President Emmanuel Macron planned to convene his Health Defense Council Monday to plot new measures to keep the country safer. Full vaccinations, with boosters, will likely soon be required to enter any bar, restaurant and cultural venues, Bloomberg reported.
France, with a population of 65 million, is close in population to the U.K.’s 67 million. Spain, with a population of 47 million, tallied a record 50,000 cases earlier in the week, and Italy (60 million) tallied nearly 45,000 cases on Thursday. Several other European countries are overwhelmed by soaring cases and instituting new restrictions.
There were more than 700,000 cases worldwide on Friday — and close to 152,000 new cases on Christmas Day in the U.S.
As of Thursday, Florida tallied 3,864,288 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020, and 62,374 deaths.
“Omicron is 10 [times] more potent at causing reinfection than previous variants — protection from prior infection is not as good as protection from triple” vaccination, Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious-disease expert at Florida International University, told the Herald.