New cases of French coronavirus over 3,000 for the second day

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Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk along the banks of the Seine as France steps up the wearing of masks as part of efforts to curb the resurgence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country, Paris , France, August 15, 2020. REUTERS / Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s health ministry on Sunday reported 3,015 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the second day in a row in which new cases have passed the 3,000 mark.

However, the daily tally was lower than the 3,310 cases reported on Saturday which peaked after the lockdown, according to ministry data.

A sharp increase in cases in France has led authorities in the country’s two largest cities, Paris and Marseille, to expand areas where masks are mandatory outside, while the government is preparing to offer the port masks in shared indoor workspaces.

The resurgence has also prompted Britain to impose a 14-day quarantine on people arriving from France starting on Saturday.

The number of coronavirus clusters under investigation in France has risen to 263, the ministry said in an update to its website.

The number of people hospitalized edged up to 4,860, adding to an increase recorded a day earlier, while the number of intensive care patients remained unchanged at 376 after increasing the day before, the ministry said.

The cumulative death toll in France from COVID-19 for hospitals and nursing homes has increased by one to 30,410, he said.

Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Alison Williams and Barbara Lewis

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