France sees most new daily Covid-19 cases since May

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                Plus de 2500 nouveaux cas de coronavirus ont été enregistrés en France en 24 heures, soit la plus forte augmentation depuis mai, ont montré les données gouvernementales mercredi, alors que les responsables ont déclaré que les indicateurs «s'aggravaient clairement».
            

Sur 600 000 tests au cours de la semaine dernière, plus de 11 600 ont été positifs, a déclaré la division de santé publique DGS du ministère de la Santé.

At 2.2 percent, the weekly rate of positives was up 1.6 percent from the previous week, confirming “increased viral circulation,” he added.

“The indicators used to monitor the epidemic on French territory have clearly worsened in recent days,” said the DGS.

August being traditionally a month when many French people take weeks of summer vacation, “it is imperative that we continue our efforts to prevent the epidemic from resuming, individually and collectively, everywhere and at any time”, declared the DGS.

Health officials have identified 18 new clusters of the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 896 nationwide – though the number of patients in intensive care fell slightly to 379, a relatively stable level since late. July.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday France will gradually step up police checks to ensure people wear face masks where required and respect social distancing amid new news wave of Covif-19 infections. “We are at a tipping point […] We will mobilize the police force to carry out checks, ”said Attal.

It comes after new Prime Minister Jean Castex warned on Tuesday that Covid-19 could get out of hand if people don’t take precautions: “If we don’t act collectively, we put ourselves at increased risk of the epidemic rebounding . becomes difficult to control, ”he said during a visit to an intensive care unit in the south of France.

On Monday, face masks became mandatory in major tourist spots in Paris as authorities try to reduce the number of new infections. The order covers the busy outdoor spaces of the French capital, including the banks of the Seine and the iconic Montmartre district in the far north of Paris – although other renowned tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées are not listed. Anyone 11 years of age faces a fine of € 135 ($ 159) if taken without a mask where it is needed.

The latest surge in Covid-19 cases has been most marked in Paris, but some other cities like Nice, Toulouse, Biarritz, Marseille and Lille have already ordered people to wear masks in busy outdoor spaces. Several coastal towns popular with tourists – including Le Touquet in the Calais region, Saint-Malo on the north coast of Brittany and La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast – have done the same.

Nearly 30,400 people have died from the coronavirus in France since the start of the epidemic, the third heaviest death toll in Europe after Great Britain and Italy.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)

            

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