Paris: France has reported 445 new Coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 73,494, health authorities’ data showed.
Meanwhile, 4,240 people tested positive for COVID-19 within one day, bringing the country’s cumulative number of infections to 3,057,857.
Hospital admissions surged by 531 to 26,924. Some 3,041 resuscitation beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients, a single day rise of 76, according to figures posted on the government’s coronavirus information website.
It is the first time since Dec 9 that the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care exceeded 3,000.
“These indicators are worrying,” warned Prime Minister Jean Castex early Monday.
“Decisions will have to be taken this week,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a visit to the regional health agency of Ile-de-France.
As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in France and some countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.