France reports 4,586 new COVID-19 infections in past 24 hours


A man wearing a protective mask walks through the financial and business district of La Défense as France steps up mask wearing in public places as part of efforts to curb the resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID- 19) across the country, near Paris, France August 17, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s health ministry on Friday reported 4,586 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours after the country hit a post-lockout record the day before.

The ministry also said the country’s total coronavirus deaths increased by 23 in the past 24 hours to 30,503.

The number of patients in intensive care units fell from 1 to 379, the ministry also said.

The total number of confirmed cases of infection rose to 234,400 in France.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Thursday to coordinate more closely on travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus.

Reporting by Christian Lowe and Matthieu Protard Editing by Hugh Lawson and David Holmes

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