France’s public health agency says Omicron has become the most prevalent coronavirus strain in the last few days due to an increase in infections.
According to the agency’s latest survey published late Thursday, “62.4% of tests showed compatibility with Omicron variants” at the start of this week, compared to 15 percent the week before.
Since it is highly contagious and has become dominant in other countries like Portugal and Britain, the Omicron variant’s advance was to be expected.
As a result of the strain, there have been more than 200,000 cases reported in the past 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday. A total of 18,321 Covid-19 patients are now being treated in French hospitals, including 1,922 new patients between Wednesday and Thursday, with more than 3,500 requiring intensive care. Since late 2019, the virus has claimed 123,552 lives in France.
Following the outbreak of infections, the government announced Monday new curbs to encourage people to work at home and limit attendance at public events.