France Sees Record 271,000 Coronavirus Cases In Single Day

Suzanne, 5 years old, is tested for COVID-19 in Albigny-sur-Saone, outside Lyon, central France, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Over 12 million French children returned to school Monday. New rules include all children in the same class getting tested three times in the four days if one pupil tests positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

(AP) — France reported a record-smashing 271,686 daily COVID-19 cases Tuesday as omicron infections race across the country. The surge is burdening hospital staff and threatening to disrupt transport, schools and other services.

The French government is straining to avoid a new economically damaging lockdown. Instead, it’s trying to rush a vaccine pass bill through parliament in hopes that it is enough to protect hospitals. But with Europe’s highest number of confirmed daily virus cases, France is in increasingly challenging position.

More than 20,000 people are hospitalized with the virus in France, a number that has been rising steadily but not as sharply as the infection rates.


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