New cases of coronavirus, deaths in France above average

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PARIS – The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported in France on Wednesday was higher than the daily average observed last week, while health officials warned of a possible second wave of respiratory illness.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased by 663 to 169,473 from 475 on Tuesday and a daily average of 536 in the past seven days. In June, this average was 435, in May at 715 and in April at 2,582.

Senior health official Jerome Salomon told Le Figaro that the country “should prepare for a resumption of the pandemic, even for a second wave.”

The death toll from COVID-19 increased by 32 from the previous day to 29,965. This is almost twice the daily average of 18 seen in the past seven days. In June, France had an average of 34 additional deaths every day, in May 143 and in April 695.

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