Daily COVID-19 cases in France exceed 10,000 for the first time

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FILE PHOTO: A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing site in Nice, France September 7, 2020. The sign reads “symptomatic people”. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – France has recorded 10,561 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, health officials said on Saturday, a new daily record as the number surpassed 10,000 for the first time.

The latest daily count, exceeding the previous record of 9,843 new infections reported Thursday, highlights a resurgence of the disease in France.

The increase prompted the government to present additional measures on Friday to prevent a return to the general lockdown put in place earlier in the year. Prime Minister Jean Castex has promised measures to speed up testing and toughen local measures in areas with high infection.

In its daily update, the French Ministry of Health also reported that 772 clusters were under investigation, an increase of 86 in the past 24 hours.

Over the past week, there have been 2,432 hospital arrivals for COVID-19, including 417 who entered intensive care units, the ministry said.

The death toll since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic this year in French hospitals and nursing homes has reached 30,910, with 17 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, he added.

Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Pravin Char

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