The number of confirmed coronavirus cases varies significantly on days when laboratories are closed, such as holidays, making comparison with previous days difficult.
We will therefore have to wait the next few days to see if this is real good news or just a sham drop.
The positivity rate drops
Another important factor is the number of tests performed. Unknown for the day yesterday, it was over 700,000 in the middle of the week before Christmas. A quantity which necessarily increases the number of positive cases detected.
The positivity rate, which measures the percentage of people positive for Covid-19 out of all those tested, continued to decline to 3.1% against 3.4% the day before and 3.8% on Thursday. This key indicator stood at 6.4% on December 8, when a new accounting method was introduced.
At least 2.55 million cases of Covid-19 since March
In total, on the eve of the start of the first vaccinations in France, scheduled for Sunday in two establishments for the elderly, 2.55 million cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed since the start of the epidemic, including more than 20,000 on Friday .
France has recorded 146 additional deaths linked to the virus, for a total of 62,573 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the health agency.