PARIS, France – The number of people with COVID -19 French hospitals rose by 888 to 25,775, the health ministry said on Monday, the biggest one – day increase since early November 2020 – before the start of the country’s vaccination campaign.
The last time the number of COVID -1 9 was over 25,000 was on Dec. 17,2020.
Health ministry data on Monday also showed that the number of people with COVID – 19 in intensive care units by 61 to 3,913, after being flat to stable for four days.
France’s Institute Pasteur said last week that it expected to see a peak of new Omicron variant coronavirus infections in mid – January, followed by a peak in hospital admissions in the second half of January.
On Monday, the ministry reported 102,144 new cases and the seven – day average again rose slightly to 295,631. It also reported 296 new deaths, taking the total to 127,263.