France reports 3,376 new COVID-19 cases over three-day period

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PARIS – France has reported 3,376 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past three days, the country’s health department said on Monday, as the number of people being treated in ICUs for the disease is on the rise.

The seven-day moving average of new cases has held above the 1,000 threshold for the fifth day in a row, meaning the country is at levels not seen since a two-month lockdown. The total number of cases in France now stands at 191,295.

The daily average of 1,125 cases seen since the start of August is twice as high as June’s 435 figure and a third higher than July’s figure of 746.

Earlier on Monday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex urged people not to let their guard down in the fight against COVID-19. Lille, one of the largest cities in France, has ordered people to wear masks outside on busy pedestrianized streets.

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