Sunday, July 18, marked the third day in a row for France to record more than 10,000 new COVID infections, the rapid surge attributable to the transmissive Delta variant of the CCP Virus in the country. 

The figure grew to 12,532 by Sunday from 10,949 cases on Saturday and 10,908 on Friday. Sunday alone saw five new fatalities.

Likewise, its health ministry added that the following proportion was not the precise number of daily cases in its region, suggesting that the 12,532 figure conveyed data unpublished from the day before. 

“The daily figure published today (+12,532) should therefore not be interpreted as an exceptional increase in the number of daily cases, in a context nonetheless of strong dynamics in the evolution of the number of cases,” said the agency, as reported by Reuters

The country saw 891 ended up in intensive care units within the same day due to the new variant. Meanwhile,  the death toll in hospitals increased by five to 111,472 cases, the outlet added. 

Boasting a population of nearly 67.6 million citizens, France has been one of the worst-hit nations by the CCP Virus in Europe. Amid the nerve-straining revelation of the spread infused by the dangerous Delta variant, the country also reported a total of 5,162,757 patients who have survived the virus. 

By July 15, it had only had 40.4% of its overall legitimate residents fully vaccinated, with 54.8% of those who had received at least one dose of the vaccines, data provided by the Johns Hopkins University. The shots administered inside the country are those of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna.

Throughout the CCP Virus pandemic, France has not completely neglected to impose strict restrictions. But ever since May this year, President Macron has gradually released some of the public safety measurements, including reopening cafe terraces, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, and other culture and leisure activities, according to CNN.

Although the mask mandate has not been fully lifted, by June 20, the protective garment is only required outside in crowded places such as markets and stadiums. Nonetheless, residents still have to put their masks on while in public spaces indoors and on public transport.