France says number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 8,051 over 24 hours

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A health worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, talks to a patient at a drive-thru test site for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside a laboratory in Thouare-sur-Loire near Nantes , France, September 29 February 2020. REUTERS / Stéphane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities on Tuesday reported 8,051 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, up sharply from 4,070 on Monday.

The number of people who died in France from COVID-19 infections rose from 85 to 31,893, compared to 81 on Monday. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 550,690.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Leslie Adler

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