France reports 8,550 new daily COVID-19 infections

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People wearing protective masks walk through the La Défense financial and business district in Nanterre as France steps up the wearing of masks in public places as part of a campaign to curb the resurgence of coronavirus disease (COVID- 19) across France, September 1, 2020. REUTERS / Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities reported 8,550 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, up from 8,975 on Friday.

Friday’s figure set a new all-time high for additional daily infections since the disease began to spread across the country in late winter.

The number of people who have died in France from COVID-19 has increased from 12 to 30,698, and the cumulative number of cases now stands at 317,706.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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