France again records more than 7,000 new COVID-19 infections

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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 near Laval hospital, in the department of Mayenne, France, on July 15, 2020. REUTERS / Stéphane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) – France recorded more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours for the second time in two days, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, just below a record of 7,578 set on March 31, while hospitalizations for the virus have also increased again.

The health ministry said the cumulative total of confirmed cases rose to 300,181, up from 7,157. It had reported an increase of 7,017 cases on Wednesday.

The number of people in intensive care with the disease also increased for the fifth day in a row, up from 18 to 464.

Report by Geert De Clercq; Edited by Catherine Evans

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