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The word ‘Covid-19’ is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken on November 9, 2020. — Picture by REUTERS

French PM warns of fresh Covid-19 wave in France

PARIS, Nov 30 — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned on Tuesday of a resurgence of Covid-19 in France, saying that “more than 40,000 new cases” are being detected in the country each day.

Speaking to the French National Assembly, Borne expressed concern over the low rate of booster vaccination among those considered at high risk from the virus, warning that Covid-19 “still kills”.

Only 10 per cent of people in the high-risk category have had a booster shot, she said.

“The Covid epidemic is starting again,” she told French deputies, with an increase of almost 10 per cent in hospitalisations in one week, a 22 per cent increase in hospitalisations in critical care, and 400 deaths from Covid-19 last week, reported Xinhua.

She added: “This new wave reminds us that the virus has not disappeared.”

The first French female prime minister also warned that the country’s hospital system would face “additional pressure” due to the resurgence of Covid-19 amid the flu epidemic, and the worst bronchiolitis epidemic in France in 10 years.

Borne called for the re-introduction of certain preventive measures, including wearing masks around vulnerable people and in crowded areas.

— Bernama

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