French daily Covid cases above 200,000 as Italy considers stricter green pass

France sets European record, and France and Italy may drop negative tests as pass to enter bars or workplaces

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France has registered a national and European record for new coronavirus infections as the Omicron variant fuels a surge in cases across the continent, with multiple countries hitting new highs.

France reported 208,000 cases in the previous 24 hours, up from its previous record of almost 180,000 set the day before.

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