Published on : Monday, June 7, 2021
France has registered highest number of COVID virus cases compared to other countries in Europe and among the highest virus-related death tolls in the world, by losing more than 109,000 lives.
French health authorities are trying their best to hold up scattered cases of the more contagious delta virus variant, as the country is set to reopen its international borders to only the vaccinated visitors.
On Sunday, the Health Minister, Olivier Veran, explained that France has several clusters of the variant. The first one was identified in India and believed to be stimulating an increase in infections in countries like Britain, notably in the southwest Landes region. Speaking on BFM television, Veran mentioned the variant hadn’t spread extensively into the community and that health investigators are working to track cases.
To quote him, “the epidemic situation continues to strongly improve around the country.” However, he explained but the government is not prepared to say ‘no’ to masks anytime soon. With rising number of people coming to Paris’ sidewalk cafes, parks and riverside quays, Veran used the word of caution that it’s too early for people to let go off their guard, notably until more are fully vaccinated.
The French public health agency’s newest weekly epidemiological report highlights a sustained decline in the rates of virus infections, hospitalization and deaths even after France reopened its schools, stores, and restaurants in May. More than half the adult population has had at least one vaccine dose, and 23% are fully vaccinated.