The number of persons admitted to hospitals in France with COVID-19 increased by 767 to 22,749 on Monday, the largest increase since April 2021, as a soaring Omicron infection rate pushed up the number of people admitted.
Net new hospital admissions were still significantly below the high points reached in November and December 2020, when they reached over 700 for nearly a month and COVID-19 hospitalizations reached a peak of 33,497 on November 16, 2020.
Despite the fact that the Omicron coronavirus variety has less significant consequences than earlier versions, Health Minister Olivier Veran warned legislators on Monday that because it is extremely contagious, it is rapidly increasing the number of people sent to hospitals.
As of Monday, the Ministry of Health has recorded about 94,000 new coronavirus cases, bringing the seven-day moving average of new infections to 269,614, marking the 14th straight record high for the virus.
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Because of reporting latencies over the weekend, the number of reported new infections often drops dramatically on Mondays. In the previous seven days, the number of one-day infections has exceeded 300,000 three times, with the most recent count coming in at moreover 296,000 on Sunday.
After reaching a peak of over 55,000 in 2020, the seven-day moving average (which smoothes out daily reporting inconsistencies) was shattered just before Christmas 2021, when the Omicron variation spread like wildfire across France. Since then, it has basically continued to climb without interruption.
On Monday, the number of new COVID-19 admissions to critical care units increased by 57 percent to 3,904, the highest level since mid-May of last year.