France records 523 deaths from COVID-19, the highest in 6 months


PARIS France’s daily death toll from COVID-19 nearly doubled on Tuesday: in the past 24 hours, 523 deaths have been recorded, a dramatic increase from 265 on Monday and the highest in six months.

In total, 292 of these deaths took place in hospitals and 231 in nursing homes, according to the French Ministry of Health.

Deaths on Tuesday saw the biggest one-day increase since April. The total death toll now stands at 35,541 people.

Infections also jumped on Tuesday, with 33,417 new cases reported, an increase of 6,646 from the previous day. The total infections to date now stand at nearly 1.199 million.

Monday’s hospitalizations were reported at 14,110, including 2,057 intensive care patients. The national incidence rate also exceeded 380 per 100,000 population over the past week.

Speaking to the nation on Wednesday evening, President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce new restrictions on coronaviruses, perhaps an earlier curfew or the external possibility of a new lockdown.

France remains in a state of emergency and 54 departments are subject to a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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