France reports 5,298 new daily cases of COVID-19

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FILE PHOTO: Firefighters from the Marins-Pompiers de Marseille (Naval firefighting battalion of Marseille) hold a test tube after administering a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test site in Marseille, France, September 17, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities reported 5,298 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, down from the increase of 10,569 the day before, while intensive care admissions were up.

There are traditionally fewer confirmed cases on Mondays as fewer tests are done on weekends.

The number of people who have died in France from COVID-19 has increased from 53 to 31,338, the health ministry said. The cumulative number of cases stands at 458,061.

The seven-day rolling count of hospital admissions for COVID-19 rose to 4,103 from 3,894 on Sunday, according to the latest French data, with 638 admissions to intensive care against 593 on Sunday.

Stricter restrictions will be imposed in the French city of Lyon from Tuesday to counter a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases and a surge in intensive care admissions, local authorities said.

The new rules for Lyon, France’s third-largest city, follow similar measures in Marseille, Bordeaux and Nice as the coronavirus reappears across the country and the testing system warps under high demand.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Edited by Janet Lawrence

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