France reports daily record after 4,897 new cases of COVID-19 were locked

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Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk behind a COVID-19 information board during the annual summer flea market as France steps up mask wear as part of efforts to curb the resurgence of the disease in coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, in Merville- Franceville-Plage, France, August 23, 2020. REUTERS / Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – France on Sunday reported 4,897 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the highest daily level since a two-month lockdown ended in May.

Health Minister Olivier Veran earlier warned the situation was risky and said infections mostly occur among 20- to 40-year-olds at parties.

Cases among the elderly were also starting to increase, Veran said, but he ruled out another full lockdown in France.

However, figures from the Health Ministry on Sunday showed that the number of people hospitalized had fallen slightly by two to 4,709 from the previous day. Three more people were registered in intensive care, bringing the total to 383.

The total number of coronavirus deaths has increased by one in the past 24 hours to 30,513. The country has recorded a total of 242,899 infections.

Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Alex Richardson and Frances Kerry

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