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Covid: 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 January 26, 2023, the latest official statistics available recorded at 14:00
  • Recorded new cases in France in previous 24 hours: 5,287 (+5,9% in comparison with 7 days ago)*
  • Rate of positive tests: 6,2%*
  • Number of people having received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose: 54,645,167 (+438 in the 24 hours to January 24 the date of the latest update)**
  • Number of people having received three doses: 37,845,963 (+2,351 in the 24 hours to January 24, 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.

How many people have received the vaccine in France?

More than 54 million people have received at least a first dose of a Covid vaccination. This accounts for more than 81% 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's vaccine and health pass systems have now come to an end, so people do not need to show proof of vaccination or of a negative Covid test result in order to enter different venues. 

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 can get a fourth vaccine dose & the specialised Omicron vaccine? 

France is also now rolling out a special booster dose targeting the Omicron variant of Covid (rollout started on October 3). This is primarily aimed at at-risk patients, but anyone can get one. 

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The groups being prioritised, where stocks are available, are:

  • People aged over 60
  • Residents of care homes (Ehpad and Unités de soins de longue durée (USLD)
  • People aged at least 18 and at risk of developing a serious form of Covid (those who have weakened immune systems, pregnant women, those with serious long-term health conditions…)
  • People living with/in close contact with the vulnerable people in the point above
  • Health professionals

Eligible people are being encouraged to have both this Covid booster and their annual flu jab at the same time, one in each arm. 

What are the rules for wearing masks in France?

Masks are no longer mandatory in outdoor settings. On July 31, rules on wearing masks in health and care settings such as hospitals came to an end. However, people entering such spaces are still advised to use a face covering. 

They are not currently required on public transport but are still recommended, especially now that case numbers are rising again with the arrival of winter. 

Read more: Wear masks around the at-risk and on transport, says PM

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).

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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