France reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus infections

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PARIS – The French Ministry of Health on Tuesday reported 2,238 new confirmed coronavirus infections, less than recent daily highs but still at levels last seen during the March-May lockdown imposed to stem the spread of the disease.

As the number of reported cases typically drops sharply on Monday due to a lag in weekend test results, the ministry reported just 493 new cases, after more than 3,000 each on Sunday and Saturday and more than 2,500 per day from Wednesday to last Friday.

The seven-day moving average of the case tally, which smooths out daily reporting irregularities, is now above 2,000 for five consecutive days, a level that was last seen around mid-April.

Following a sharp rise in new infections, the French government announced on Tuesday that it would make the wearing of a mask compulsory in all workplaces from September 1.

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