France exceeds one million Covid cases in second wave of pandemic

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Epidemiologist says France should administer 20 million Covid-19 tests per week

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More than 11,000 new patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized last week, including 1,714 in intensive care, according to the national health agency.

France extends night curfew

Speaking earlier Friday after visiting a hospital in Pontoise, a suburb north of Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said “the epidemic is accelerating very sharply”.

The French government has extended a nighttime curfew it imposed last week in eight urban areas in France to include 38 other regions and Polynesia. The 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfews and other public health measures will last “at least six weeks,” Macron said.

The extension means 46 million of the 67 million French people will be subject to curfews that prohibit them from going outside during those hours except for limited reasons, such as walking a dog, commuting to and from work and picking up a train or flight.

France has reported more than 34,000 deaths linked to the virus, one of the highest toll in Europe.

(AP)

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