COVID cases in France on the rise again, govt says

A man wearing a face mask to protect against COVID-19 looks at an information board at train station in Paris on June 30, 2022. (MICHEL EULER / AP)

PARIS / MOSCOW / HARARE – New COVID-19 infections are on the rise again in France and people should consider wearing masks on public transport or when in contact with vulnerable people, French government officials said on Tuesday.

"The COVID epidemic seems to be picking up again," French government spokesman Olivier Veran said, citing a 40% rise in new cases daily cases compared to last week.

The seven-day moving average of new COVID infections in France rose from less than 25,000 per day in early November to more than 44,000 on Monday.

Still, it is well below levels of over 100,000 seen over March-April and in July, and highs of over 366,000 in January.

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Russia has registered 4,928 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 21,584,740, said the official monitoring and response center on Tuesday.

The center said the nationwide death toll increased by 53 to 391,943, while the number of recoveries grew by 5,863 to 20,992,153.


The Zimbabwean government will introduce an electronic COVID-19 vaccination register to make it easy to identify people lagging behind on vaccination, a cabinet minister said Tuesday.

The electronic vaccination register will enable easy identification and follow-up of those yet to receive second and third doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, Acting Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Jenfan Muswere said at a post-cabinet media briefing.

To date, Zimbabwe has recorded 259,192 COVID-19 cases, 253,037 recoveries, and 5,620 deaths

The plan to introduce an electronic COVID-19 vaccination register comes against the background of low second and third dose coverage.

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According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, a total of 6,570,103 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 4,938,105 their second dose, and 1,240,179 their third dose as of Nov 28.

Muswere said the move is part of measures to boost vaccination and curb new cases during the festive season.

Amid a slight increase in new cases over the past few weeks, the government has said it will include COVID-19 vaccination in the second round of polio vaccination campaign set for Dec 1-4.

To date, Zimbabwe has recorded 259,192 COVID-19 cases, 253,037 recoveries, and 5,620 deaths.