France warns of ‘mega wave’ of new Covid cases

As concerns over the spread of Omicron continue, authorities in France have announced tighter Covid restrictions.

Health minister Olivier Véran said infections were doubling every two days, and warned of a ‘mega wave’ of new cases

From next week, remote working will become compulsory for those who can and public gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people for indoor events.

France recorded more than 100,000 new infections on Saturday – the highest number reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Jean Castex, the French Prime Minister, said pandemic felt ‘like a film without an ending’.

A Famagusta Gazette reporter in Paris says the last few days have been quiet, especially in commercial districts.

Local media reports further measures will be announced on December 30 and that the Public Health Defense Council will meet again at the beginning of January.