New daily COVID-19 infections in France up by nearly 4,000

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PARIS, Aug. 19 (Reuters) – France’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 3,776 new confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 225,043, with the daily tally exceeding the 3,000 threshold for the third time in five days.The seven-day moving average of the number of cases, which smooths out daily reporting irregularities, is now 2,621, crossing the threshold of 2,500 for the first time since April 19, when France was in the midst of a strict lockdown for contain the virus. . (Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chris Reese)

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