parPARIS (Reuters) - La France a signalé plus de 2500 nouvelles infections au COVID-19 pour la deuxième journée consécutive jeudi, des niveaux observés pour la dernière fois à la mi-avril, alors que le pays était au milieu de l'un des verrouillages les plus stricts d'Europe.
Despite the increase in cases, which could prompt Britain to remove France from its list of safe travel destinations, the number of people hospitalized with the disease has continued to decline, after falling below 5,000 for the first time since mid-March Wednesday.
Experts say this is because more young people are infected, who are less likely to need hospital care.
The official total case count now stands at 209,365.
The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smooths out reporting irregularities, rose to 1,962, a total that has doubled in the past two weeks to levels not seen since late April.
Meanwhile, the daily average since the start of the month has risen to 1,650, approaching March’s 1,678, when disease began to overwhelm the healthcare system and prompted the government to impose the lockdown on March 17.
The daily death toll rose from 17 to 30,388 on Thursday, bringing the seven-day average to 11 from 10 on August 1.
But deaths remain low compared to the average daily death toll of 695 in April.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Kirsten Donovan)