France's COVID-19 hospitalisations above 10,000 for first time since end June

FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers adjust medical equipment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Centre Cardiologique du Nord private hospital in Saint-Denis, near Paris, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in France, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit TessierPARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities said on Monday the total number of people hospitalised for COVID-19 stood at 10,151, going over 10,000 […]

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France cannot exclude re-imposition of COVID curfews as cases rise – minister

FILE PHOTO: People queue for tickets as Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower reopens its doors to tourists since late October 2020, after the second national COVID-19 lockdown in Paris, France, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) – The re-imposition of curfew measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 cannot be excluded in France if infections continue to climb, junior European […]

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Number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care in France keeps rising

FILE PHOTO: A member of the medical staff administers the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a colleague at the Foch hospital in Suresnes, near Paris, France, February 8, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) – The number of people with the COVID-19 disease in French intensive care units rose by 17 on Wednesday to 4,651, setting a high for 2021 so far, […]

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France eases bird flu measures on poultry farms as new cases fall

PARIS (Reuters) – France is to allow poultry farms in southwestern areas hit by a severe strain of avian influenza to resume production after a sharp fall in new cases of the disease, the agriculture ministry said.FILE PHOTO: Mulard ducks are pictured at a poultry farm in Montsoue, France, January 12, 2017, as France continues a massive cull of ducks […]

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French labour minister tests positive for COVID-19

PARIS (Reuters) – French Labour Minister Elizabeth Borne said on Sunday she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would keep working, the latest senior French official to catch the virus. The 59-year-old, who is number eight in rank in the cabinet, said on Twitter that she was doing well despite having some symptoms. “Having tested positive for COVID-19, I will […]

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France flags new restrictions in ‘worsening’ COVID situation

France may need to impose new local restrictions to deal with a worsening COVID-19 situation as it scrambles to avoid a new national lockdown, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Infections have reached worrying levels in several parts of the country, spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting. The warning comes only days after the French Riviera was […]

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France: number of COVID hospitalisations down for third day running

FILE PHOTO: Medical staff members in the Intensive Care Unit for COVID-19 patients at La Timone hospital in Marseille, France, February 8, 2021. REUTERS/Eric GaillardPARIS (Reuters) – France reported 21,063 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, down both from Wednesday’s 25,387 figure and from last Thursday’s total of 23,448 as the average case count maintains its downward trajectory. The number […]

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‘Ordinary’ French Cosmetics Can Now Forego Animal Testing in China

PARIS — France is the first country in the European Union now able to export its “ordinary” cosmetics to China without testing them on animals, paving the way for beauty companies that support cruelty-free practices to enter the country for the first time. To do so, companies worldwide must present a certificate conforming to “good manufacturing practices,” which are issued […]

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France braces for monthlong lockdown as virus deaths mount

French doctors expressed relief but business owners were in despair as France prepared Thursday to shut down again for a month to try to put the brakes on a fast-moving fall coronavirus outbreak. Shoppers at a Paris farmers’ market said Thursday they were ready to restrict their freedoms given the rising number of virus-related deaths and COVID-19 patients filling French […]

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France says Covid crisis ‘worsening’, aims to avoid lockdown

French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned Friday the country was seeing a “clear worsening” of the coronavirus pandemic, but said he would aim to avoid a new nationwide lockdown that would further hammer the economy. Nearly 10,000 new cases were recorded on Thursday, a record since wide-scale testing began, but Castex said a recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalisations was particularly […]

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