Coronavirus: France sets new daily record with nearly 10,000 cases of COVID-19


France on Thursday recorded nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 – its highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic.The national health agency, Santé Publique France, revealed on Thursday afternoon that 9,843 new COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

According to Worldometer, this is the highest one-day tally the country has recorded since the start of the epidemic.

The number of hospitalizations has also increased with more than 2,200 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in the past seven days, including 371 in the intensive care unit.

Nineteen new deaths were also recorded, bringing the total number of deaths to 30,813 – the seventh highest death toll in the world and the second only after Italy in the European Union.

France also has the second-highest 14-day incidence rate in the EU with 135.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Spain, however, remains the most inflicted on a case-by-case basis with a cumulative number of COVID-19 infections over 14 days reaching 263.2 per 100,000.

A meeting of ministers and health officials is scheduled to be held on Friday to discuss measures to tackle the spread of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.

President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on Thursday that the government had “decisions to make, which are, as I say, informed, but which are not simple scientific decisions.”

“When we make decisions to fight the virus, when we have to confine ourselves, we have, as we know, very negative consequences,” he said, citing the impact of the pandemic on others. diseases, children’s education and the economy.

France unveiled a 100 billion euro stimulus plan earlier this month to revive the economy and reduce unemployment.

Growth in France fell 13.8% in the second quarter after contracting 5.8% in the first three months of the year.

The Banque de France estimates that gross domestic product will contract by 10.3% this year.


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