France's new daily COVID-19 cases at all-time high, hospitalisations up

PARIS (Reuters) - France reported on Wednesday a second daily record of new COVID-19 infections in five days, with almost 19,000 additional cases over 24 hours, while hospitalisations for the disease stood at a three-month high. French health authorities said there were 18,746 extra cases, versus a previous record on Oct. 3 of 16,972 and also sharply up from Tuesday's tally of 10,489.

Reuters October 08, 2020 01:11:19 IST
France's new daily COVID-19 cases at all-time high, hospitalisations up

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PARIS (Reuters) - France reported on Wednesday a second daily record of new COVID-19 infections in five days, with almost 19,000 additional cases over 24 hours, while hospitalisations for the disease stood at a three-month high.

French health authorities said there were 18,746 extra cases, versus a previous record on Oct. 3 of 16,972 and also sharply up from Tuesday's tally of 10,489.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic in March now stands at 653,509, the world's 10th highest.

French President Emmanuel Macron flagged new restrictions to contain the pandemic, which come on top of measures already put in place by the government, such as bars being ordered to close at 10 pm in major cities including Paris.

"In places where the disease is circulating too quickly ... there will be new restrictions," Macron said during an interview aired on France's two main television channels.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran, along with Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, will hold a COVID-19 press conference on Thursday at 1600 GMT.

French health authorities said more than 7,500 patients were currently being treated in hospital for COVID-19 , marking a three-month high and an increase of more than 65% from a low point of 4,530 reached on Aug. 29.

Fears of the hospital system being overwhelmed led the government to impose one of Europe's strictest lockdowns between March 17 and May 11.

However, the number of people in intensive care units has fallen, by 10 to 1,416, for the first time in almost three weeks, though that total is still almost four times higher than a July 31 low of 371.

The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections rose by 80, a figure higher than the seven-day moving average of 71, and now stands at 32,445.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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