France covid cases leap past ten thousand in a day

France covid cases leap past ten thousand in a day
France has seen a surge in new infections over the last month. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: France, one of the worst suffered nation in Europe from coronavirus pandemic, has reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases as the country struggles to contain a fresh surge in infections.

Health authorities said on Sunday there were 10,561 new cases, rising by more than 1,000 from Friday’s figures.

The number of people admitted to hospital and intensive care are also increasing in the country.

A group of doctors have urged people to avoid private gatherings amid the fresh outbreak.

In a column published in Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday, the doctors said: “After the joy of reuniting this summer, it’s time to be careful in the private world.”

They said: “The smaller a room, the more people it contains, the less airy it is, the more you increase the risks.”

Infection rates have risen in the country for all age groups since June, but officials say the increase is particularly significant among young adults.

France is one of several European countries to see a surge in new cases.

As authorities across Europe eased stringent lockdowns imposed in March to tackle the outbreak, new cases began to creep up in June and jumped significantly in the last month.

Saturday’s figures show 2,432 people sent to hospital, 75 more than a day age. Of these, 417 were sent to intensive care, an increase of 28.

An additional 17 people died of the coronavirus. Since the pandemic began, France has recorded more than 30,000 deaths, the seventh highest total worldwide.

Officials have now designated 42 regions across France as “red zones”, where virus circulation is active and where stricter mask requirements and gathering restrictions are in force.

This includes Lyon, Paris and almost the entire Mediterranean coastline.

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