parPARIS (Reuters) - La France a déclaré vendredi sa capitale Paris et la ville portuaire de Marseille zones à haut risque de coronavirus alors que le gouvernement a signalé plus de 2500 nouvelles infections pour la troisième journée consécutive.
The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smooths out reporting irregularities, rose to 2,041, doubling in the past two weeks.
It crossed the 2000 threshold for the first time since April 20, when France was in the middle of one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns.
Despite the increase in cases, which prompted Britain to remove France from its list of safe travel destinations, the number of people hospitalized with the disease continued to decline, after falling below 5,000 for the first time since mid-March Wednesday.
The official total count of cases now stands at 212,211.
The epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Daniel Levy-Bruhl, described the situation as “worrying”, stressing that the number of new cases was sharply increasing in all age groups but especially among 25 to 35 years.
Because this age group is less likely to need hospital care – around the world, the coronavirus has massively killed older people – the French hospital system is resisting.
The number of people in ICUs for the disease has fallen to 367, a new low since mid-March and almost 20 times lower than the peak of 7,148 reached on April 8.
Speaking on BFM TV, Levy-Bruhl said authorities are not “currently concerned about the hospital situation but we are concerned about how this situation could evolve if steps are not taken to stop the increase in cases that we are witnesses ”.
The daily death toll increased from 18 to 30,406 on Friday from +17 in the past two days.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Alex Richardson and Angus MacSwan)