Macron to issue urgent Covid update as cases surge 'Now not the time to let guard down'

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    Infection rates have accelerated strongly in the past month, with the number of new COVID-19 cases rising by double-digit percentages from last week for several days in a row. French government spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters: “The epidemic is picking up speed again in Europe, Europe has again become the epicentre of the epidemic.”

    The seven-day average of daily new infections now stands at more than 6,200, up from less than 4,200 in early October.

    Attal said Mr Macron would review the COVID-19 situation and would also talk about the country’s economic recovery, the government’s reform programme and other issues.

    The French President’s office said the speech would be on Tuesday.

    Mr Macron’s last major televised speech was on July 12 at the start of a fourth wave of infections.

    He announced then that vaccinations would be mandatory for all health workers.

    French epidemiologists have recently suggested widening the scope of the vaccine booster campaign to include new categories.

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