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France hit by record 460,000 daily Covid cases, despite series of dictates to contain virus

France reached a new daily record for Covid infections yesterday, registering nearly half a million new cases, while Britain continued its recovery.

The country has revealed 464,769 cases in the past 24 hours. French officials have issued a series of dictates in a desperate attempt to curb the rising number of cases.

These include forcing children as young as six to wear masks and forbidding drinking while standing in cafes or bars.

French MPs have also tightened draconian vaccine passport rules that bar unvaccinated people from public life.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s harsh measures stand in stark contrast to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approach.

French President Emmanuel Macron's harsh measures stand in stark contrast to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's approach.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s harsh measures stand in stark contrast to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approach.

The British government has vowed to lift almost all restrictions by the end of the month. France has a seven-day moving average of 283,134 cases, while Britain has 98,684, its lowest since December 22.

Coronavirus now appears to be less likely to be the primary cause of death in people who die after being infected with Omicron than previous variants.

And it’s promising that new strains are likely to be even milder and cause less disruption to daily life, a government adviser said yesterday.

In the week to January 7, 922 deaths had been recorded in England and Wales with the coronavirus on the death certificate.

While Covid may have contributed to these deaths, it was not the primary cause in 210 cases or 23 percent of cases, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

This is an increase of about 16 percent with Delta in November and 10 percent with Alpha wave last January, before widespread vaccination.

A similar trend can be seen in hospital data, where patients are increasingly hospitalized with Covid, rather than because of it.

In some regions, more than half of Covid patients in hospitals are now so-called ‘incidental’ cases.

The British government has vowed to lift almost all restrictions by the end of the month.  France has a seven-day moving average of 283,134 cases, while Britain has 98,684, its lowest since December 22

The British government has vowed to lift almost all restrictions by the end of the month.  France has a seven-day moving average of 283,134 cases, while Britain has 98,684, its lowest since December 22

The British government has vowed to lift almost all restrictions by the end of the month. France has a seven-day moving average of 283,134 cases, while Britain has 98,684, its lowest since December 22

The data comes from a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), who said the virus will likely evolve to become milder.

Professor Andrew Hayward said the virus may become more transmissible, but it is “doing the virus no good” to increase in severity.

He said: ‘It seems that as the Omicron variant becomes more transmissible, it also becomes less severe, and we hope this is the general direction of travel.’

Professor Hayward, from University College London, said that not everyone would need booster vaccines in the future and that shots may be given less frequently than with the flu.

He told Times Radio: “I think the people we might want to think about the most are actually the same as the flu – people with chronic illnesses and the elderly – and we’re probably going to move into some sort of more regular annual vaccination program, or the may not even have to be that often.

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“We have to wait for proof of that.” Prof Hayward said he agreed the ‘pandemic will end’ and people will live with the virus which continues to transmit ‘but causes much less disruption’.

He added: ‘I think it will tend to settle into a seasonal pattern – we can still get pretty big winters of infection, but not the kind of level where we can justify a large-scale societal shutdown.

“So I think it’s a really optimistic picture, but we’re not quite there yet.”

Professor Hayward said there were “very encouraging signs” that cases are stagnating or declining in some places, but no one was sure if they would stabilize at a very high level or decline.

Yesterday, the UK registered a further 94,432 lab-confirmed Covid-19, with 438 deaths.

France has a seven-day moving average of 283,134 new cases, while the UK’s figure stands at 98,684, the lowest since December 22.

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