COVID-19 infections jump on weekends in France

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PARIS Saturday brought grim news for France as cases of infection with the novel coronavirus surged.

According to the French Ministry of Health, 26,896 infections were recorded across the country on Saturday. That replaces 20,339 cases recorded on Friday, which had been the biggest one-day jump since the lockdown ended in May.

Since the start of the disease registration, a total of 718,873 cases of infection have been recorded in France.

There were 54 more deaths, up from 62 on Friday, with the death toll currently standing at 32,684.

Hospitalizations are recorded at 4,999 with 928 patients in intensive care.

The government and health officials in France have done everything they can to remedy a situation that appears to be spiraling out of control.

To stem the spread of the virus during social gatherings, Ile-de-France officials announced last week that cafes and bars were to be closed for two weeks, as well as all restaurants due to close at 10 p.m. (0800GMT). The virus has spread to the region, with Aix-Marseille and the overseas territory of Guadeloupe, which had seen the same restrictions put in place the week before.

Some 70 departments across France remain in a vulnerable situation while 1,446 active clusters of infection have been identified across the country.

Globally, cases of infections are reported at just over 37 million and deaths of around 1.07 million in 188 countries, according to the latest figures from the US-based Johns Hopkins University. Some 25.71 million people have recovered from the disease.
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