parPARIS (Reuters) - Les nouvelles infections au COVID-19 en France ont augmenté de près de 50% en août, qui ont enregistré le décompte mensuel le plus élevé depuis le début de l'épidémie plus tôt cette année, tandis que les hospitalisations pour la maladie semblent à nouveau augmenter.
The country’s health authorities have reported 3,082 more cases in the past 24 hours, down sharply from the number of more than 5,000 each the previous two days, but Monday’s figure still tends to drop as there are fewer tests performed on Sunday.
The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smooths out reporting irregularities, stood at 5,167, hitting a new high for a fourth consecutive day, from a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after its end of its two weeks. locking for a month.
The cumulative total of COVID-19 infections in France reached 281,025 against 187,919 at the end of July. In August, new cases rose on average to a record 3,003 per day, a figure four times higher than the average increase of 746 per day in July.
The surge in new cases has led authorities to reimpose some containment measures, such as making face masks mandatory on streets, shops and public transport in almost all of the country’s major cities.
And, from Tuesday, masks will also be mandatory in the workplace.
But, as the new school year begins this week, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex have said they will do anything to avoid another national lockdown.
The number of people hospitalized for the disease fell 14% in August compared with July, as the virus now circulates mainly among young people, who usually do not develop severe symptoms.
But that figure rose for the second day in a row Monday, to 4,582, after dropping for nearly two weeks. And the number of people in intensive care units increased for a fourth consecutive day, to 409.
These numbers are still very low compared to their respective peaks of 32,292 and 7,148 seen in April, but health experts are closely monitoring trends.
France reported 29 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, meaning the average daily death toll fell to a new low of 12 in August, from 14 in July and a peak of 695 in April.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Franklin Paul and Lisa Shumaker)