France sets new record of daily coronavirus cases, with more than 60,000 infections

Muri Assunção, New York Daily News
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France set a new record of daily COVID-19 infections on Friday, with 60,486 new cases.

The number comes just a day after the country posted a record 58,046 new infections, according to official data released by the country’s health ministry.

More than 800 deaths were recorded in the past few days, including 398 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours, and 430 deaths in retirement homes over the last three days, bringing the total death toll to 39,865.

The seven-day moving average of the combined death toll rose by 40 to 471.

The ministry said that 28,979 people are currently hospitalized, with 553 more hospitalizations than the previous day. Of the hospitalized patients, 4,331 are in intensive care and 434 have been transferred there since yesterday.

Overall, France has more than 1.66 million cases, just behind Russia, with 1.72 million, then Brazil, India and the U.S.

On Oct. 28, President Emmanuel Macron announced a second national lockdown, which is set to last until at least the end of November.

“We are submerged by the sudden acceleration of the virus,” Macron said when he announced the measures during a televised address, adding that the country was “overpowered by a second wave.”

Earlier this week, France’s minister of solidarity and health, Olivier Véran, said that the country risks a second wave that could be “higher and longer” than the first, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

France’s director of health, Jér 1/4 u00f4me Salomon, cautioned the French people about the “serious epidemiological situation” the country faces, adding that the recent surge in infections is affecting the whole country, unlike what happened in the spring, when just some regions were affected.

France has also become “the country in Europe with the largest number of cases,” he added.

A week after the lockdown was implemented, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 553 to 28,979, the smallest one-day increase in nearly three weeks.

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