France Records More than 360,000 Daily Cases
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- The COVID-19 infection rate in France has hit a new record Tuesday as the highly contagious omicron variant sweeps through the country and across the European continent
- The country's daily rate climbs to 368,149 in the last days, trumping a previous record of 332,252 set on Jan. 5. Its seven-day average reached nearly 270,000 Monday, far above tallies in neighboring countries like the UK
- This comes as the country is about to implement a strict COVID-19 passport system that allows citizens to enter restaurants or indoor events if they are vaccinated
- Recently, the World Health Organization has announced that more than 50 percent of Europe's population will be infected with the omicron variant in the next two months, sparking debates about implementing COVID-19 restrictions across the region
- According to the global health body, the variant is spreading rapidly across the region, being the dominant strain in Western Europe. The region had more than 7 million infections in the first week of 2022, doubling within two weeks