France is still yet to see its peak of the current wave of infection, fueled mainly by the Omicron variant, according to the country's Health Minister Olivier Véran.
“In principle, the peak is still ahead of us, to be followed by either a plateau or natural decline,” Véran told broadcaster Franceinfo Wednesday.
“It takes a little bit more time compared to the previous variants that we had to be able to say if we are at the peak or not.”
France reported 368,149 new infections on Tuesday, a record since the beginning of the pandemic. But Véran said the real daily infection number could be more than 500,000.
France has been doubling down on its vaccination policy in the face of a surge in cases.
Those fully vaccinated have up to seven months to get their booster shot before losing their health pass, which gives access to most public spaces such as restaurants, cafés or cinemas.
Currently, between 500,000 and 700,000 people are at risk of losing their health pass on Friday, according to Véran.
The French Senate is debating a law, already adopted by the National Assembly, that will turn the health pass into a vaccination pass.
If it passes, the new law could kick in at the beginning of next week.