Europe 1 with AFP 9:09 p.m., October 25, 2021

France has again crossed the threshold of 5,000 daily cases of Covid-19, figures from Public Health France on Monday confirming that contaminations have been on the rise again since around October 20.

France has again crossed the threshold of 5,000 daily cases of Covid-19, figures from Public Health France on Monday confirming that contaminations have been on the rise again since around October 20.

If we smooth the numbers over a week, Monday was the third day in a row above 5,000 new cases daily.

There were 5,084 on Saturday, 5,259 on Sunday, and 5,293 on Monday, while this indicator was below 4,700 until October 19.

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5,000 cases per day, a symbolic milestone

The government and epidemiologists have insisted in recent weeks on the need to maintain barrier gestures to contain the pandemic, despite the benefits of vaccination. The bar of 5,000 daily cases was retained in November 2020 as a reference by President Emmanuel Macron as the one below which it was possible to closely follow the transmission of the disease. According to him, it allowed a normal opening of shops and places of leisure.

If the epidemic is picking up again, the hospital data remains relatively reassuring.

The number of hospitalized patients, of 6,405 Monday, has been almost stable since mid-October.

And in critical care services, which are treating the most serious cases, the number of 1,023 on Monday is among the lowest since the start of the pandemic.

According to the Directorate General of Health, 49,856,632 people now have a complete vaccination schedule, or 73.9% of the total population.

At the current rate, the 50 million mark could be reached around All Saints' Day.

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