(Updated with precision from SPF on the number of cases)
PARIS, July 18 (Reuters) – France has identified more than 12,500 new cases of coronavirus contamination in 24 hours, including a catch-up of data from the previous day, health authorities announced on Sunday.
This is the third consecutive day above the threshold of 10,000 cases and a record since the start of the recent epidemic rebound attributed to the Delta variant, even if Santé Publique France (SPF) emphasizes that the total provided on Sunday includes data. which had not been published on Saturday.
“The daily figure published today (+12,532) is therefore not to be interpreted as an exceptional increase in the number of daily cases, in a context nevertheless of strong dynamics of the evolution of the number of cases”, indicates SPF, without specifying the extent of the catch-up.
At the same time, France recorded five new hospital deaths linked to the coronavirus, while the number of patients hospitalized in intensive care due to COVID-19 remains stable, with 891 patients on Sunday against 890 the day before and only nine new admissions in 24 hours.
According to the Ministry of Health, more than 380,000 doses of vaccine have also been injected in the past 24 hours, for a total of nearly 65 million since the start of the vaccination campaign.
In all, “37,544,220 people have received at least one injection (or 55.7% of the total population) and 30,339,179 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (or 45% of the total population)”, specifies the ministry in a press release.