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French viral infections increase during the holidays


France has recorded more than 100,000 viral infections in a single day for the first time since the start of the pandemic and hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 have doubled in the past month

PARIS – France has recorded more than 100,000 viral infections in a single day for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 have doubled in the past month, as the rapidly spreading variant of the omicron complicates government efforts to avoid further lockdown.

Meanwhile, an increase in delta-variant infections in recent months is pushing up hospital admissions. More than 1,000 people in France with the virus have died in the past week, bringing the total death toll to more than 122,000.

The government is holding emergency meetings on Monday to discuss next steps. Some scientists and educators have urged delaying going back to school after the holidays or reimposing a curfew.

But the education minister said schools are expected to reopen as usual on January 3, and other government officials are working to avoid measures that would hamper economic recovery.