According to French health officials, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in France rose for the third day in a row on Tuesday, which has not been seen for nearly two months.
The number of hospitalizations increased from 15 people to 6,483 in 24 hours. This is five times less than the pandemic peak of 33,497 recorded in November 2020.
But with the fertility rate again creeping above 1.0, and the virus still rampant in parts of Europe, including the UK, some fear a fifth wave of the pandemic in France.
A fertility rate above 1.0 indicates that the epidemic is accelerating. By 16 October, the latest data available, the rate in France had risen to 1.05 versus 0.71 in mid-September.
France reported 5,934 new confirmed cases in 24 hours, marking a slight increase from a week earlier.
France has the seventh-highest number of infections globally, with close to 7.1 million infections since the outbreak of the pandemic in February 2020.
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