Data from the French Ministry of Health updated on Saturday showed that there were a total of 719,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country since the start of the pandemic, an increase of more than 26,896 cases in the total since yesterday.
There were also 54 additional deaths, for a total of 32,684.
France is currently grappling with a further increase in coronavirus cases, leading this week the Ministry of Health to order Lyon, the country’s third city, to close its bars.
Paris’ response to the coronavirus pandemic has been heavily criticized by healthcare workers, who say the government’s investment of around $ 10 billion in the hospital system has not been enough.
The country faces a potential shortage of intensive care beds, but in the face of protesters President Emmanuel Macron dismissed concerns about resources or personnel, saying the country’s situation was “a matter of organization,” according to the Associated Press.