France, UK break COVID records, surpassing 100,000 new cases in single day
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France recorded just over 94,000 cases in the previous record the day before. More than 16,000 people are hospitalized in France with COVID-19, and 3,300 of them are in intensive care.
French President Emmanuel Macron has planned to convene his Health Defense Council on Monday to develop new measures to ensure the security of the country. Full vaccinations, with boosters, will likely soon be required to enter all bars, restaurants and cultural venues, Bloomberg reported.
France, with a population of 65 million, is close to the 67 million inhabitants of the United Kingdom. Spain, with a population of 47 million, counted a record 50,000 cases earlier in the week, and Italy (60 million) counted nearly 45,000 cases on Thursday. Several other European countries are overwhelmed by soaring cases and instituting new restrictions.
There were over 700,000 cases worldwide on Friday – and nearly 152,000 new cases on Christmas Day in the United States
As of Thursday, Florida had 3,864,288 cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and 62,374 deaths.
“Omicron is worth 10 [times] more potent at causing re-infection than previous variants – protection against a previous infection is not as good as protection against triple vaccination, Dr. Aileen Marty, infectious disease expert at Florida International University, told the Herald .
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