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France confirms 8 cases of new coronavirus variant Omicron: Health agency

The number of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has reached eight, the French public health agency said.

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A man, wearing protective face mask, walks at Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris amid the coronavirus outbreak in France (Photo: Reuters)

The number of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant of the has reached eight, the French public health agency said.

The first Omicron infection case was detected in the French overseas department of Reunion on Tuesday. The next day, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said that 13 suspected cases have been identified throughout the country.

"Eight confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in as of 12/02 at 16:00 [15:00 GMT]," the Public Health said in a COVID-19 situation update issued late on Thursday.

The institute said numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations and critical care patients were on the rise.

As of Friday, has confirmed over 7.8 million cases and more than 120,000 related fatalities.

To date, 77.4 per cent of the French population has been administered at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, and 75.8 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

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First Published: Fri, December 03 2021. 13:33 IST