New COVID-19 cases in France slow, but hospitalizations are increasing

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PARIS (Reuters) – The increase in new cases of COVID-19 in France slowed sharply on Monday, as is always the case today given that there are fewer tests carried out on Sunday, but hospitalizations and disease-related deaths have again increased.

FILE PHOTO: A firefighter from the Marins-Pompiers de Marseille (Naval firefighter battalion of Marseille) takes a saliva sample from a colleague who is being tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at their fire station in Marseille, France, September 22, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

The government recently stepped up measures to contain the resurgence of the virus and avoid a second nationwide lockdown, with bars ordered to close at 2000 GMT (10 p.m. local time) in Paris and several other major cities as of this date. Monday.

French health authorities have reported 4,070 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, down sharply from the third highest total on Saturday at 14,412 and 11,123 on Sunday. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/30g7l4o)

But the seven-day moving average of new infections, which smooths out reporting irregularities, stood at 12,083, above the 12,000 threshold for a fourth consecutive day, from a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after. the end of his two – a one-month lockdown.

The cumulative number of cases now stands at 542,639.

The number of people hospitalized with the disease has increased by more than 150, surpassing the 6,400 threshold for the first time since July 21.

This is still five times lower than the April 14 peak of 32,292 but up 41% from a low of 4,530 seen at the end of August.

France imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe between March 17 and May 11 to prevent its hospital system from being overwhelmed.

And while the current numbers may look a long way from the highs recorded in the spring, medical experts fear the addition of COVID-19 and seasonal illnesses such as the flu could make matters worse very quickly. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units reached a three-month high of 1,158, well below the April 8 high of 7,148.

The number of people who died in France from COVID-19 infections increased from 81 to 31,808, down from 27 on Sunday and a seven-day moving average of 67. That figure stood at 17 on the first day of the month.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edited by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker

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