December 26 coronavirus pandemic and Omicron variant news

By Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 0602 GMT (1402 HKT) December 27, 2021
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10:39 a.m. ET, December 26, 2021

France records over 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time

From CNN’s Arnaud Siad

A patient is tested for the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in Paris on December 23, 2021. - The number of daily Covid-19 cases in France is set to exceed 100 000 by the end of December due to the faster-spreading Omicron variant, French Health Minister said.
A patient is tested for the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in Paris on December 23, 2021. - The number of daily Covid-19 cases in France is set to exceed 100 000 by the end of December due to the faster-spreading Omicron variant, French Health Minister said. (Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

France reported a record-breaking 104,611 Covid-19 cases on Saturday — the highest daily number since the pandemic began and the first-time numbers have broken the 100,000 threshold, according to health ministry data. 

On Friday, the French government announced that President Emmanuel Macron will host a virtual meeting with ministers on Monday to discuss the coronavirus crisis.