France: new cases of COVID-19 over 2,500 for the third consecutive day

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PARIS (Reuters) – France declared its capital Paris and the port city of Marseille areas at high risk for the coronavirus on Friday as the government reported more than 2,500 new infections for the third day in a row.

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing site near Laval hospital, in the department of Mayenne, France, on July 15, 2020. REUTERS / Stéphane Mahe

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.

Following these figures, the Parisian authorities released an updated map where the wearing of the mask will be mandatory, with entire swathes of the city now covered by the measure, including the famous Champs-Élysées, which had been left behind. outside of the initial map.

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.

Department of Health epidemiologist Daniel Levy-Bruhl called the situation “worrying”, stressing that the number of new cases was on the rise in all age groups, but particularly among the 25 to 35 age group. 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 intensive care units for the disease fell 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 rose 18 to 30,406 on Friday from an increase of 17 in the past two days.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Alex Richardson, Angus MacSwan and Jonathan Oatis

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