The total number of confirmed cases stands at 563,535, the second highest total in Western Europe and double the 281,025 recorded at the end of August, with part of the outbreak explained by a massive increase in testing .
The seven-day moving average, which smooths out reporting irregularities, is 11,771 from a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after France exited one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns.
The number of deaths from the virus increased by 63, to 31,956, lower than the seven-day moving average of 71.
But, on average, 44 people died each day in France from the disease in September, the most since the daily figure of 143 in May and against 12 in August.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Diane Craft, Kirsten Donovan)