COVID-19 infections in France hit new highs again after lockdown | News

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PARIS (Reuters) - La France a enregistré mercredi 3776 nouvelles infections au COVID-19, marquant un autre pic après le verrouillage et portant le total à 225 043, mais le président Emmanuel Macron a de nouveau exclu d'imposer un autre verrouillage national.

“All indicators continue to increase and the transmission of the virus is increasingly strong among all affected age groups, young adults in particular,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

He said the virus was particularly active in and around Paris and Marseille, the two largest cities in France.

Some medical experts worry about the impact of the wild and maskless celebrations of Paris St Germain fans on the Champs-Elysées avenue in central Paris after their football club reached the Champions League final Tuesday.

Paris city officials are also worried about large fan gatherings expected on Sunday, when Paris St Germain play the final either against Olympique Lyonnais, another French club, or against Bayern Munich in Germany.

Despite the surge in infections, Macron told Paris Match magazine in an interview that “local strategies” were preferable to another national lockdown, which he said would cause considerable “collateral damage”.

The seven-day moving average of the tally of cases, which smooths out daily reporting irregularities, is now 2,621, above the 2,500 threshold for the first time since April 19, when France enforced one of the lockdowns. more stringent in Europe.

The number of people hospitalized again fell from 17 to 4,806 and those in intensive care from 6 to 374, reflecting the preponderance of younger people among new cases who are more likely to be asymptomatic or not to become seriously ill.

Both figures have been on an unbroken downtrend since early April, but that trend has slowed down in the past two weeks.

The death toll rose from 17 to 30,468, after an increase of 22 on Tuesday and 19 on Monday.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Gareth Jones)

    

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