France reports 7,379 new cases of COVID-19, infection rate now exponential

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker holds a test tube after taking a nasal swab on a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing site at Bassin de la Villette in Paris, France, 25 August 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France reported 7,379 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday, the highest number since it emerged from the lockdown, and slightly less than the record high of 7,578 set on March 31 at the peak of its initial wave.

Metropolitan France is now experiencing “exponential progression of the transmission of the virus,” said the Ministry of Health in a weekly review of the coronavirus situation.

The total number of confirmed cases has risen to 267,077, while the cumulative number of deaths from COVID-19 has increased from 20 to 30,596, the health ministry reported.

Despite the rapid increase in the infection rate, the number of hospitals was relatively stable, as the virus mainly spreads among young people who have relatively few symptoms, the ministry said.

The cumulative death toll increased by 20 to 30,596, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 remained unchanged at 4,535 and the number of people in intensive care increased by six to 387.

Report from Geert De Clercq

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