France is recording a sharp increase in new daily Covid-19 infections

The French Ministry of Health reported 26,457 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours on Wednesday, up sharply from 11,395 on Tuesday, and unseen alevel since November 18.

France, which launched its gradual vaccination campaign on Sunday, saw the number of people hospitalized for the disease decrease by 183 in 24 hours.

However, the number of deaths in Covid-19 increased by 303, to 64,381, against an increase of 969 on Tuesday. France’s total number of cases is now 2,600,498, the fifth highest in the world.

The number of people in intensive care units for the disease decreased 14 during 24 hours at 2661.

Speaking before the release, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said France was not currently planning local lock-in measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, although he dampened hopes of a speedy reopening of cultural attractions and said the curfew could be tightened.

The government followed about twenty French departments where cases increased more rapidly, and Attal confirmed that curfews could be imposed until 6 pm instead of 8 pm in some areas if needed.