Daily COVID-19 cases in France are highest since end of May

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People line up to enter a lab to be tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, France, August 4, 2020. Photo taken August 4, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) – Daily COVID-19 infections in France hit their highest for more than two months on Wednesday, at 1,695, and the seven-day moving average was above the 1,300 threshold for the first time since at the end of April, when the country was still in lockdown.

The daily average of 1,222 cases seen since the start of August is now almost three times the June figure of 435, but still half of the 2,585 cases in April, when the pandemic was in full swing.

The main seaside resorts in France have made it compulsory to wear masks in the streets and some have restricted access to beaches following the rise in new cases.

Parisian authorities are expected to announce soon that people will have to wear masks on the banks of the Seine and around the fashionable Canal Saint-Martin, as well as in some of the capital’s other tourist hotspots.

However, after skyrocketing in the past two days, the number of patients in intensive care units in French hospitals for COVID-19 has dropped by four, to 384.

And the total number of people hospitalized for the disease has dropped from 14 to 5,148, following a two-and-a-half-month downtrend and suggesting that the peak in cases has yet to translate into further strain on the system. health.

The number of people in intensive care units for the virus peaked at 7,148 on April 8 and the total number of hospitalizations at 32,292 on April 14.

French health authorities have reported nine more deaths from the disease, bringing the total to 30,305, the seventh highest in the world. The number of confirmed cases stands at 194,029.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edited by Franklin Paul and Alison Williams

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