Coronavirus: Daily updates on the situation in France
What is the situation with the Omicron variant? How many recorded new cases are there? How is the vaccination campaign progressing? We explain
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Latest statistics on coronavirus in France
Situation on December 07, 2021, the latest official statistics available recorded at 14:00*
- Recorded new cases in France in previous 24 hours: 59,019
- New deaths: 172 (total number of deaths in France now 119,899)
- Rate of positive tests: 6.5%
- Number of people having received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose: 52,095,344 (+3,850 in the 24 hours to December 5, the date of the latest update)**
- Number of people having received three doses: 9,770,584 (+93,360 in the 24 hours to December 5, the date of the latest update)**
Data provided immediately after weekends and bank holidays is lower than average. This is due to the testing facilities mainly being closed during these times.
Note: The graph updates automatically and is sometimes updated a day behind the figures given above, which are updated manually each day. The date is given in the graph and is also indicated above our daily updated figures. If the figure of the daily number of Covid-19 cases given above does not match with the most recent figure marked on the graph below, this is probably due to the fact that the graph's data is yet to update.
The Omicron variant situation in France on December 6
As of December 6, 25 Omicron cases have been detected in mainland France, according to Santé Publique France.
All flights from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe to France have been suspended until Saturday, December 4.
Arrivals from Mayotte and Réunion are also now subject to stricter entry requirements.
Any contact cases for people who test positive for Omicron will be required to self-isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Those travelling to the UK from France, regardless of vaccination status, must take a PCR test on Day 2 of their arrival in the UK, and must self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
From Saturday, December 4, all travellers coming from outside of the EU to France must present a negative Covid test taken before their travel. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers.
The test must have been taken within 48 hours of arrival in France for vaccinated travellers and 24 hours in advance for non-vaccinated.
More information on the Omicron variant in France
Covid vaccine latest figures for France
More than 52 million people have received at least a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination. This accounts for more than 77% of the population in France.
Everyone over the age of 12 can now be vaccinated in France.
Covid booster vaccines are now being rolled out across France for all people aged over 18.
Only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being used in France to give booster doses. Moderna is only being given to people aged 30 and over.
To be eligible for a booster dose you must be:
- over 18
- fully vaccinated, with the last dose having been given at least five months ago (four weeks ago in the case of the single-shot Janssen vaccine)
- fully vaccinated, and with no instances of having been infected by Covid-19 in the past five months
Booster jabs (in addition to the first and second) are mandatory for eligible people aged 18 to 64 who want to maintain the use of their health pass after January 15.
People aged 65 and over who had their last injection more than six months ago (and who have been able to get their booster jab since September) have until December 15.
After these dates, health passes will gradually expire for people who have not had a booster jab (or a confirmed case of Covid) by seven months after their last injection.
Once you have had your next injection, whether second dose or booster, you will receive a new QR code, which will become active seven days after your injection.
In the interim, your health pass will remain active until the new one takes effect.
France’s TousAntiCovid health pass app will also be adapted to include an alert system warning someone when they are reaching their booster dose deadline, said Health Minister Olivier Véran.
The European Medicines Agency gave its approval for children aged 5-11 to get vaccinated against Covid on November 25. The government will give a decision on whether Covid vaccinations will be made available to children under 12 in early 2022.
More information on the vaccine campaign against Covid-19 in France
What are the social distancing measures and rules for wearing masks in France?
Everyone aged 12 and over must present a health pass (pass sanitaire) to enter public venues in France.
A health pass is not a document but a way to prove you do not have Covid-19.
It is not restricted to vaccination and demonstrating your health pass on entry to a venue effectively means you must show either:
- Proof of vaccination,
- Or proof of a negative Covid test taken within the past 24 hours (PCR or rapid antigen)
- Or proof of having been positive with Covid 11 days to six months before entering the space
These documents can be shown in paper format, digitally, or through the phone application TousAntiCovid.
The health pass is set to remain in place for the foreseeable future. The government will maintain the power to impose the Covid health pass until at least July 31, 2022 – though this does not mean that it will be enforced until then.
From January 15, booster doses will gradually become a compulsory part of all adult health passes.
More information on the health pass and Covid social distancing rules in France
What are the rules for wearing masks in France?
Since November 26, masks are required in all public places indoors, as well as in busy outdoor spaces where social distancing measures cannot be respected across France. This includes places that require a health pass to enter.
All Christmas markets will require a health pass to enter and a mask to be worn while at the venue.
Each department has its own rules on wearing masks outdoors. See the map below for rules on outdoor mask-wearing by department.
More information on wearing masks in France
What are the rules around Covid tests in France?
Tourists to France must pay for any Covid tests unless they have a doctor’s prescription from the last 48 hours and/or have been identified as a close contact case by the health authorities.
For residents, tests are free for those fully vaccinated or medically exempt from vaccination.
The government is encouraging the public to redouble their observance of social distancing and hygiene measures such as hand washing and increased room ventilation.