France’s new COVID-19 cases peak one month

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FILE PHOTO: Christian George, Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research, and Jean-Christophe Richard, Head of Critical Care Medicine, look at a screen showing the results of the COVID-19 “Breathalyzer” testing machine »At La Croix- Hôpital Rousse in Lyon, France, July 22, 2020. REUTERS / Yiming Woo

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 1,392 on Wednesday, the highest daily tally in a month and a figure likely to fuel fears of a second wave of the disease despite officials minimize such a scenario.

The increase brought the total number of confirmed cases in France to 185,196. In a statement, health officials said that aside from the continued decline in the number of people in intensive care units, all COVID- indicators 19 showed “increased viral circulation”.

The reproduction rate, up since the beginning of the month, is now “above 1.3”, which marks an increase over 24 hours, they said.

The number of new cases, the highest since the 1588 total on June 26, is higher than the daily average of 980 last week and almost double the average of 715 seen in May, when France began to lift. his lockout.

Earlier today, French Health Minister Olivier Veran urged the country not to lower its guard against the disease, but said it “is not facing a second wave”.

There were also 15 new deaths linked to the disease, bringing the total to 30,238, a figure higher than the average daily increase of nine seen last week.

France has the seventh highest death toll in the world.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edited by Franklin Paul and Jan Harvey

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