France reports daily record of COVID cases of nearly 9,000


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France has recorded nearly 9,000 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily figure since the pandemic swept the country in March, the country’s health agency said on Friday.

The total of 8,975 infections reported from Thursday to Friday came as authorities increased testing capacity across the country, but the number of cases was still significantly higher than the 7,000 seen in recent days.

In addition, 53 new clusters of outbreaks have been reported and 46 patients have been placed in intensive care, bringing the current total to 473.

As of September 1, France recorded 30,661 deaths from coronavirus, according to the health agency Sante Publique France, which again warned Thursday of an “exponential” increase in new cases.

He said the “R” rate of viral transmission remains at 1.3 nationwide, meaning 10 infected people infect 13 more on average.

While more than 90 percent of fatal cases are in people over 65, “transmission primarily affects young adults,” Sante Publique said.

The latest figures come as Paris and other cities have started requiring face masks in all public spaces, including for children over 11 who have returned to school this week.

But residents in some towns have pushed back, seeking lightened mask rules in public, such as at night or in areas where crowds usually don’t congregate.

On Friday, a court in the city of Lyon, in the south-east of the country, ordered authorities to relax the rules to take into account “local circumstances”, although for now the strict requirement remains in place.

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