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

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PARIS (Reuters) – France on Monday reported a marked slowdown in new daily cases of COVID-19, but the number of people hospitalized with the disease increased by more than 300 for the first time since April 12, when the country was in the middle of a lock.

Of the 7,294 hospitalized patients, more than 1,400 were treated in intensive care units (ICUs) – the highest number since May 28.

Paris must be placed on COVID-19 maximum alert, which means bars will be forced to close for two weeks from Tuesday, in part due to the sharp increase in the number of people in ICUs.

French health authorities have reported 5,084 new daily COVID-19 infections, well below Saturday’s record of 16,972 and Sunday’s 12,565.

Monday’s figure generally tends to go down as there are fewer tests being done on Sunday.

The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smooths out reporting irregularities, stood at 11,662, down from a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after its two-month lockdown ended.

The number of people who died in France from COVID-19 increased from 69 to 32,299, up from 32 on Sunday. The cumulative number of cases stands at 624,274.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Pravin Char

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