France 24
France 24 12 Jan 2021

Coronavirus pandemic: French new Covid-19 cases at seven-week high


#France's new #Covid-19 infections are on average increasing by more than 18,000 a day, a seven-week high, and the number of people hospitalised is rising again as the country grapples with the more infectious #variant of the virus first found in Britain.

#France is still far from reducing the number of its new #Covid-19 cases per day to 5,000, and the risk of a strong rebound of the #pandemic remains high, the health ministry's top official said on Monday.
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Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, highlights an "extraordinarily rapid rise" in COVID-19 cases in the UK, driven by a new variant of the virus.

Two graphs illustrate that the previous tier system was 'proving effective' in supressing the original coronavirus variant, which first hit the UK in March - but that the new, more infectious, variant requires stricter measures.
Hospitals in New York state have been asked to make a list of retired doctors and nurses that can be called on if Covid-19 cases become overwhelming for hospitals. NBC News' Rehema Ellis reports from Elmhurst Hospital where they are prepping for another rush of patients.

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