France: drop in the number of new cases of COVID-19, number of victims on the rise

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This content was published on September 28, 2020 – 19:01

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities on Monday reported 4,070 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, down sharply from the third highest total on Saturday at 14,412 and 11,123 on Sunday.

Monday’s figure still tends to go down as there are fewer tests being done on Sunday.

The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smooths out reporting irregularities, stood at 12,083, above the 12,000 threshold for a fourth consecutive day, from a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after the end of his two lockdowns for a month.

The number of people who died in France from COVID-19 infections increased from 81 to 31,808, up from 27 on Sunday. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 542,639.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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