France reports 2,228 new cases of coronavirus, largest daily peak since late April

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France has reported 2,288 new cases of fresh coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the largest daily spike since the end of April.France recorded more than 9,330 new infections last week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country to 197,921, according to the Ministry of Health on Friday.

“The indicators are deteriorating, confirming a more active circulation of the virus throughout the territory, especially among young people,” warned the Ministry of Health.

“We must strengthen vigilance, mobilize ourselves to respect barrier measures, common sense gestures in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic,” he said.

In July, critics of French President Emmanule Macron accused him of having first underestimated and then mismanaged a crisis that has now claimed more than 30,000 lives in the country.

France has had a lockdown imposed since March 17 in an attempt to slow the spread of the epidemic and officials have repeatedly warned that it will take time for the measures to bear fruit.

At present, 383 people were in need of intensive care, 7 fewer than Thursday’s number, while 12 more coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded, bringing the total number of deaths to 30,324.

French scientists expected that a second wave of the coronavirus could hit the country in the fall or winter due to social mixing and the lack of distancing and barrier measures during the summer holidays, according to local media.

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