During a weekly review of the pandemic, the health ministry said France was witnessing an “exponential increase in the transmission of the virus”.
Authorities are desperate to find ways to limit the spread of the disease without imposing another nationwide lockdown.
Macron on alert as cases soar
Face masks are now mandatory everywhere in France
Like other European countries, France imposed a strict lockdown in March, but measures were relaxed in May after infections fell.
However, this week new measures, including mandatory face masks at all times outside, were introduced throughout Paris.
Despite the impressive number of new infections, there has been no increase in hospitalizations or deaths.
France reported another 20 deaths on Friday, bringing the total to 30,596 people, with the number of people hospitalized remaining unchanged at 4,535.
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Paris was deserted during the lockdown in March
Authorities now believe the virus is spreading among young people who are less likely to show severe symptoms.
After easing lockdown restrictions in May, the number of new confirmed cases rose to around 500 per day by the end of June.
This number doubled to around 1,000 per day at the end of July, then rose to 2,000 in mid-August.
Last week, the French president said that a vaccine against the deadly virus could be ready soon.
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Coronavirus cases around the world
“We have improved European cooperation on the vaccine together, bringing together many other states and the Commission” by encouraging European manufacturers to research vaccines, he said at a joint press conference with Angela Merkel.
“And to make sure that we will have the capacity to produce them and deliver them to our populations when they are available.”
Countries around the world are currently scrambling to find a vaccine, but so far none have found a solution.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has since announced that masks are now mandatory in all theaters and cinemas.
French President Emmanuel Macron
He said, “Yeah, I’m going to tell the audience, go to the movies, go to the theater. You don’t risk anything.
“The cultural sector has really suffered from this crisis.
“This means that we first think of culture as an economic activity, and that, if there is a French quality, it is that living with this virus is also being cultivated with this virus.
A second wave of the pandemic continues to spread across Europe, with Portugal the latest country to report an increase in cases.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex
Spain is the most affected country in Europe with infections reaching 455,621.
Globally, more than 25 million people have been infected with the deadly pandemic.
The total death toll now exceeds 800,000.
The UK currently has the highest death toll in Europe after surpassing 40,000.