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Coronavirus: Daily updates on the situation in France

How many recorded new cases are there? Who in France can access a fourth vaccine dose? How is the vaccination campaign progressing? We explain

Latest statistics on Covid in France

Situation on May 23, 2022, the latest official statistics available recorded at 14:00*
  • Recorded new cases in France in previous 24 hours: 4,386 (-26,1% in comparison with 7 days ago)
  • New deaths: 90 (total number of deaths in France now 147,568) latest data available 17/05/22
  • Rate of positive tests: 15.3%
  • Number of people having received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose: 54,373,517 (+1,044 in the 24 hours to May 16 the date of the latest update)**
  • Number of people having received three doses: 36,512,046 (+6,826 in the 24 hours to May 16, the date of the latest update)**

*Data provided by and ** 
The rate of positive tests is the number of positive tests divided by the total number of tests over the past seven days.

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.

Covid vaccine latest figures for France

More than 54 million people have received at least a first dose of a Covid vaccination. This accounts for more than 80.5% of the population in France.

Everyone over the age of five can now be vaccinated in France, although children are being given doses adapted specially for their age group.

Covid booster vaccines have been rolled out across France for all people aged over 12. 

Only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being used for booster doses. Moderna is only being given to people aged 30 and over and is the vaccine normally used for people in this age group.

To be eligible for a booster dose you must be: 

  • Over 12
  • Fully vaccinated, with the last dose having been given at least three months ago (four weeks ago in the case of the single-shot Janssen vaccine) 
  • Those who have only had one vaccine dose because they have previously contracted Covid may get a booster dose from three months after their initial vaccination or Covid infection

France did have a vaccine pass system in place, requiring people to show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid before entering public spaces including restaurants, bars, cafés, sports centres, museums and long-distance public transports. 

This came to an end on March 14. Now, people need only show a health pass in order to enter medical or care-related settings such as hospitals. This means that they may show a negative test result from the last 24 hours as an alternative to vaccination or recovery certificates.

No pass is required in the case of an emergency.

Read more: End of France’s vaccine pass: What changes for tourists and residents?

Although the vaccine pass requirement has now come to an end, the government will maintain the power to impose vaccine and/or health passes until at least July 31, 2022.

More information on the vaccine campaign against Covid-19 in France

How to book your Covid-19 vaccination appointment in France

How to get a Covid recovery certificate in France and as a tourist?

Who is being offered a fourth vaccine dose? 

A fourth Covid vaccine dose is now available to book for those aged 60 and over, immunocompromised patients and care home residents in France. 

Everyone belonging to these vulnerable groups can now book an appointment for this additional vaccination. 

This fourth dose is recommended but not obligatory. 

People aged 80 and over,  immunocompromised patients and care home residents must wait at least three months after their first booster dose to get a second. Those aged 60 to 79 should wait six months.

Fourth Covid vaccine dose now available in France for the over-80s

French fourth vaccine: do I need it if have had three doses and Covid?

What are the rules for wearing masks in France?

Masks are no longer mandatory in outdoor settings. Indoors, they are only required in medical or care settings (meaning hospitals, retirement homes, etc.). As of May 16, 2022, they are no longer required on public transport.  

Mask requirement on public transport in France to end on May 16

Covid vaccines, isolation, tests: What restrictions remain 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, antigen and PCR tests are free for those fully vaccinated or medically exempt from vaccination. Self-administered kit tests are payable (maximum selling price of €5.20).

The government is encouraging the public to redouble their observance of social distancing and hygiene measures such as hand washing and increased room ventilation. 

Anyone who is identified as a close contact of a confirmed Covid case must take a self-administered, antigen or PCR test on the second day after being alerted. If the test comes back positive (antigen and self-test results must be confirmed by a PCR) you must self-isolate for five days if you are fully vaccinated, after which time if you test negative and have no symptoms you may leave your quarantine. If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to self-isolate for seven days before taking the test. Further information is available (in French) here.

More information on Covid tests in France 

Checklist: When do I pay for France Covid test and when is it free?

​​Covid tests in France: Who has to pay and how much?

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