COVID-19 cases and victims in France are increasing

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People wearing protective masks walk on a street in Nantes as France steps up mask wearing as part of efforts to stem a resurgence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country, France, 24 August 2020. REUTERS / Stephane Mahe reuters_tickers

This content was published on August 24, 2020 – 19:36

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France increased in 1955 compared to the previous day, the French Ministry of Health said on Monday, although the increase in new cases was lower than that of previous days.

France’s health ministry said the death toll from COVID-19 increased by 15 from the previous day to 30,528 victims, while the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed to 244.854.

France has the seventh highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, and the government is monitoring the numbers closely to see if further restrictions or lockdowns are needed to curb the spread of the virus.

“The circulation of the virus is progressing significantly and is at its most intense among young adults,” the ministry said in a statement.

The number of new cases was lower than the 4,897 new cases recorded on August 23, although 22 new clusters were discovered in the past 24 hours, the ministry added.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Chris Reese and Chizu Nomiyama)

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