France: new cases of COVID-19 above 1600 for the second day in a row

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FILE PHOTO: A French paramedic, wearing a protective suit and mask, prepares before transporting a man suspected of being infected with coronavirus disease to hospital in Mennecy near Paris as the disease spread coronavirus (COVID-19) continues in France April 15, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France reported 1,604 new COVID-19 infections over a 24-hour period, with the total remaining above the 1,600 threshold for the second day in a row, data from the Ministry of Health showed on Thursday.

In a statement, the ministry also said the number of patients in intensive care units for the disease was on the rise again, to 390 from 384 on Wednesday.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edited by Franklin Paul

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