Daily update on the situation in France

Latest statistics on Covid in France

Situation as of October 18, 2022, the latest available official statistics recorded at 2:00 p.m.
  • New cases recorded in France in the last 24 hours: 87,666 (-7.5% compared to 7 days ago)*
  • Positive test rate: 27.3%*
  • Number of people having received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 54,582,991 (+383 in the 24 hours as of October 17, date of the last update)**
  • Number of people who received three doses: 37,504,251 (+2,653 in the 24 hours as of October 17, the date of the last update)**

*Data provided by santepubliquefrance.fr and **CovidTracker.fr
The positive test rate is the number of positive tests divided by the total number of tests in the past seven days.

Data provided immediately after weekends and holidays are below average. This is due to the test facilities being mostly closed during these times.

Note: The graph updates automatically and is sometimes updated a day behind the numbers shown above, which are manually updated daily. The date is given in the chart and is also shown above our daily updated figures. If the figure for the daily number of Covid-19 cases given above does not match the most recent figure shown on the graph below, it is likely because the data in the graph has yet to be updated.

How many people have received the vaccine in France?

More than 54 million people have received at least a first dose of a Covid vaccine. This represents more than 80.8% of the population in France.

Anyone over the age of five can now be vaccinated in France, even if children receive doses specially adapted to their age group.

Covid booster vaccines have been deployed throughout France for all people over the age of 12.

Only Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are used for booster doses. Moderna is only given to people aged 30 and over and is the vaccine normally used for people in this age group.

To be eligible for a booster dose, you must be:

  • More than 12
  • Fully vaccinated, last dose given at least three months ago (four weeks ago in the case of the single-shot Janssen vaccine)
  • Those who have only received a single dose of vaccine because they have already contracted Covid can receive a booster dose from three months after their initial vaccination or infection with Covid

The French vaccination and health pass systems have now ended, so people do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result to enter different places.

More information on the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in France

How to book your Covid-19 vaccination appointment in France

How to obtain a Covid recovery certificate in France and as a tourist?

Who can get a fourth dose of vaccine and the specialized Omicron vaccine?

France is also currently deploying a special booster dose targeting the Omicron variant of Covid (the deployment began on October 3). This is primarily for at-risk patients, but anyone can get one.

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Priority groups, where stocks are available, are:

  • People over 60
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care units (USLD)
  • People aged at least 18 and at risk of developing a severe form of Covid (those with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, those with serious long-term health problems, etc.)
  • People living with/in close contact with vulnerable people in point above
  • Health professionals

Those eligible are encouraged to have both this Covid booster and their annual flu shot at the same time, one in each arm.

What are the rules for wearing a mask in France?

Masks are no longer required outdoors. On July 31, rules on wearing masks in health and care settings such as hospitals ended. However, people entering these spaces are still advised to use a face covering.

They are currently not compulsory on public transport but are still recommended.

What are the rules around Covid tests in France?

Tourists in France must pay for any Covid test unless they have a medical prescription from the last 48 hours and/or have been identified as a close contact case by the health authorities.

For residents, antigen and PCR tests are free for those fully vaccinated or medically exempt from vaccination. Self-administered kit tests are chargeable (maximum sale price of €5.20).

Anyone identified as a close contact of a confirmed Covid case must take a self-administered, antigen or PCR test on the second day after being alerted.

If the test comes back positive (antigen and self-test results must be confirmed by PCR), you must self-isolate for five days if you are fully vaccinated, after which if your test is negative and you have no symptoms, you can leave your quarantine. . If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate for seven days before taking the test. Further information is available (in French) here.

More information on Covid tests in France

Checklist: When do I have to pay for the France Covid test and when is it free?

Covid tests in France: Who should pay and how much?