COVID-19 infections decrease but deaths increase

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PARIS France entered the second week of a second wave of coronavirus with more than double the number of deaths.

In the past 24 hours, 258 deaths have been recorded, up from 116 on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.

The total death toll now stands at 35,018.

The test positivity rate for France also rose to 17.8% against 17% the day before.

As of Monday evening, 26,771 new cases were recorded, a welcome drop from the previous day when 52,010 infections were reported, the largest increase in one day since May.

The total number of infections currently stands at 1,165,278.

Monday’s hospitalizations were reported at 13,066, of whom 1,904 remained in intensive care.

In total, 54 departments in France remain subject to a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. which will last for the next three weeks.

The state of emergency also continues, declared last week by both Houses of Parliament, with the National Assembly passing a new bill over the weekend that will extend it until February 16, 2021. The bill bill is sent to the Senate on Wednesday for confirmation.
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