France’s daily rate of coronavirus infection has now returned to lockdown levels.
French health authorities today reported 1,346 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 187,919 as the daily number of new cases remained above 1,300 for the third day in a row, a level last seen in the locking.
At the end of July, the first month of school holidays, with millions of French people traveling and mingling with friends and family for weeks, the infection rate returned to a level last reported in late April. , as the epidemic was in full swing and a strict lockdown was in place.
The French government on Friday gave local authorities the power to order the wearing of face masks in outdoor public spaces as the country battles a resurgence of COVID-19.
But while new infections have now returned to lockdown and pre-lockout levels, fewer people are dying or becoming seriously ill compared to a few months ago. The Department of Health said on Friday that the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell from 77 to 5,298, continuing an uninterrupted decline from the peak of 32,292 on April 14.
The number of intensive care patients also continued to decline, from 10 to 371 from a high of 7,148 on April 8. In the past 24 hours, 11 people have died from the virus, bringing the total to 30,265.
In April, France saw several days with more than 1,000 deaths from the virus, with a peak of 1,438 on April 15.