France’s third straight day of record cases comes amid thousands of flights cancelled worldwide on Christmas weekend.
Commercial airlines around the world cancelled more than 5,700 flights over the Christmas weekend according to a flight tracker website, as a mounting wave of coronavirus
infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty and misery for holiday travellers.
On Saturday, Pope Francis
prayed for an end to the COVID
-19 pandemic, using his Christmas Day address to urge vaccines
for the poor and health care for all.
“Grant health to the infirm and inspire all men and women of good will to seek the best ways possible to overcome the current health crisis and its effects,” Francis said in his address.