France reports slower rise in COVID-19 cases

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FILE PHOTO: Christian George, Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research, helps a patient with coronavirus (COVID-19) use the COVID-19 “Breathalyzer” testing device at La Croix Hospital Rousse from Lyon, France, July 22, 2020. REUTERS / Yiming Woo

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities on Tuesday reported 725 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, below the daily average of 924 over the past week, but unlikely to ease fears of a second wave.

In a statement, authorities said “viral circulation is still sustained in France”, stressing that the reproduction rate was stable at 1.3.

A reproduction rate, or “R,” of 1.3 means that 100 people infected with the virus infect an average of 130 other people. A rate less than 1 is necessary to gradually contain the disease.

France also reported 14 new deaths from the virus, bringing the total to 30,223, and double the daily average increase of seven seen last week.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell from 104 to 5,551, continuing a two-month downward trend.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edited by Jonathan Oatis and Giles Elgood

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