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France’s health ministry said on Wednesday that 998 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in the past 24 hours, reinforcing concerns over further outbreaks of the epidemic. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 178,336 – the fifth highest in Europe. Seven more people have died in the most recent 24-hour period, with the death toll rising to 30,172. Fears around a second wave escalated after the health directorate warned that ” circulation of the virus is increasing ”after France recorded 208 currently active coronavirus epidemics on Tuesday.

Since May 9, a total of 547 clusters have been detected, a figure that the president of the scientific council responsible for advising the French government described as “worrying”.The reproduction rate of the coronavirus, known simply as “R”, has jumped above 1 for the first time since the start of this month to now stand at 1.2, according to Public Health France.

This means that each COVID-19 patient will infect an average of 1.2 other people, which is a trend of increasing circulation of the virus.

France is panicking over signs of an upsurge of the coronavirus in several regions of the country, particularly in western and southern France.

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Coronavirus France: nearly 1,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

Since July 21, the country has made face covering mandatory in shops and other closed public spaces.

Health Minister Olivier Véran said on France 2 television on Wednesday that the government would provide seven million French people living in poverty with 40 million reusable masks free of charge.

Speaking specifically about Mayenne, which has been one of the main sources of coronavirus, the general directorate of health said that the department of north-west France remains in “high vulnerability”.

The general management declared: “The epidemiological situation is evolving with a high incidence and positivity rate for the tests.

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Coronavirus France: COVID-19 panic continues to seize the country (Image: GETTY)

“This situation shows the strong evolutionary potential that remains when the virus continues to circulate and the transmission conditions are favorable. ”

But the Minister of Health Véran insisted: “We have rather good news in Mayenne with the reduction in the positivity of the number of tests, that is to say that out of 100 tests, we had up to eight to nine positive results at the start, then five, now it’s three. ”

Despite the increase in coronavirus clusters, he insisted that there are “no worrying numbers” in terms of hospitalizations, and “at this point we are very far from the second wave”.

The prefect of the Brittany west department of Finistère declared that the situation there is “under control, even after having alerted to a” fairly rapid development “of the coronavirus, calling it a” source of concern “.

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Coronavirus France: Emmanuel Macron is desperately trying to control the pandemic in the country (Image: GETTY)

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Coronavirus in France: Minister of Health Olivier Veran (Image: GETTY)

The R rate there is 3.1%, according to Santé Publique France – a massive increase from the national average of 1.2%.

He declared: “The main vector of dissemination of the virus remains the mixing of the population because of the holidays”, with a strong “tourist pressure”.

The prefect of Finistère added that this development is the result of “the emergence of sporadic cases, not on a large scale”.

But despite the attempt to downplay the gravity of the situation in Finistère, fears are growing that a second wave of coronavirus could soon be on the way.

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Coronavirus from France: there have been more than 15 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide (Image: GETTY)

Jean-Paul Mongeat, departmental delegate of the Brittany Regional Health Agency (ARS), warned: “The situation is worrying because we are witnessing an upsurge in the number of confirmed cases”.

Fears of a new epidemic are also intensifying in the Grand-Est, a region in northeastern France, where the number of new cases has almost doubled week by week.

Michel Vernay, epidemiologist and head of Public Health France in the Grand Est, declared: “From July 13 to 19, we observed 298 new cases diagnosed in the region, while the previous week we had only 156.

“Very clearly, the cases doubled last week. ”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.


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