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Allrecord rapid antigen: French new crown cases increase by about 50% every week

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Allrecord rapid antigen: French new crown cases increase by about 50% every week, experts recommend wearing masks on public transport

Overseas Network, June 23. The new crown epidemic in France broke out again. Alain Fisher, chairman of the new crown vaccine strategic steering committee, suggested that the mandatory wearing of masks should be restarted in the public transportation system.

According to Agence France-Presse, the curve of the new crown epidemic in France has continued to rise, and it has worsened in the past ten days. The number of new cases has surged by about 50% in a week, showing an increasingly exponential growth trend. In an interview with French TV 2, immunologist Alain Fischer, chairman of the French New Crown Vaccine Strategy Steering Committee, said that from a medical point of view, the wearing of masks should be mandatory in public transportation systems. He "personally believes" that wearing a mask on public transport is reasonable, for high-risk groups, and for the population as a whole, "It's a collective protection measure, as long as you wear a mask, you can Helps protect vulnerable populations."

Antoine Flauer, director of the Geneva Institute for Global Health, believes that the most likely factor for the current rebound     of the epidemic in France is the impact of the new variants of Omicron BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1. There are also other factors, such as the further relaxation of people's daily protection with the arrival of summer.

At the start of the seventh wave, epidemiologist Arnold Fontanay, a member of the French scientific committee, said the rebound had affected most of France and was "difficult to predict its scale". Jacques Batistoni, president of the French General Practitioners Union, also pointed out that the symptoms of BA.4 and BA.5 infected people are more pronounced and the symptoms last longer, even in people who have been vaccinated against the new crown, this new variant The severity of the strain is also of concern.

New crown vaccination can limit the number of severely ill patients, but the delay in the second dose of the new crown "booster shot" in France, commonly known as the "fourth shot", has worried the government. The French Ministry of Health urged on the 21st that in the past two months, the second dose of "booster injections" has averaged only 25,000 to 30,000 doses per day. "This is not enough, and it is not progressing fast enough."

France will open the second dose of the new crown "booster" vaccination to the population over 80 years old and residents of elderly care institutions from March 14, and to the population between 60 and 79 years old from April 7, and immunosuppressed patients from the beginning of 2022. vaccinated, but Alan Fisher warned that the population eligible for the second "boost" dose was "under-vaccinated, putting large numbers of older adults at risk of serious infection." He stressed that high-risk groups should not continue to wait, Instead, get vaccinated as soon as possible.