There were a total of 30,621 new COVID-19[feminine[feminine infections recorded Thursday – a substantial increase from the 22,591 cases seen Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the number of people who died in France with coronavirus rose 88 to a total of 33,125, down from 104 on Wednesday.
The country also has 1,750 patients in intensive care units – an increase of 77 in 24 hours.
It comes after France declared a state of emergency, with President Emmanuel Macron announcing a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the areas most affected by the coronavirus.
Ile-de-France and eight metropolitan regions – including Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Saint-Étienne and Toulouse – will face curfews for four weeks, starting Saturday.
During curfew hours, people will not be allowed to eat out or visit friends – but there will be no restrictions on public transportation or on people traveling to the areas.
Anyone who is absent during curfew will have to have a good reason, the president said.
Following the curfew announcement, France’s finance minister said state-guaranteed loans already in place to help the hospitality industry during the pandemic would be extended for six months until June 2021 .
Meanwhile, the home and office of Minister of Health Olivier Veran were searched by the police, as part of an investigation into the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Agents also searched the homes of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn, as well as other senior officials.
The investigation was ordered by a special court in France.
Patients, prison staff and police have lodged 90 complaints in the past few months, largely due to shortages of masks and other equipment and the speed with which large-scale testing has been rolled out.