France has had the highest number of new coronavirus hospitalizations since early April, according to the country’s health agency.
According to the health agency, 1,307 more hospital beds were occupied by coronavirus patients on Monday.
According to French health authorities, 26,771 coronavirus cases were registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 1,165,278.
“The situation is extremely serious,” warned Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist and member of the scientific council advising the government.
The realization that the virus spreads more easily in cold weather “will prompt us to rethink our strategy in the fight against the virus,” Fontanet added.
The French government will hold a defense council meeting on Covid-19 measures on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the increase in hospitalizations in the France. The number of patients in hospitals for coronavirus has increased by 1,307.