France reports 5,429 new coronavirus infections, new record after lockdown


FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk down a street in Nantes as France steps up wearing masks as part of efforts to stem a resurgence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country , France, August 24, 2020. REUTERS / Stéphane Mahé

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s health ministry said it recorded 5,429 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a new high after the lockdown and a level of new infections not seen since the outbreak peaked in early April .

The total number of people infected with the virus in France now stands at 253,587 people.

The health ministry said cumulative COVID-19 death and hospitalization figures on Wednesday were not yet available due to a technical issue.

On Tuesday, the ministry reported that the cumulative number of deaths had risen from 16 to 30,544 and it said 4,600 people were in hospital with COVID-19, including 410 in intensive care.

Report the Geert De Clercq; Montage by Chris Reese

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