France has reported the highest number of daily deaths from Covid-19 since April, the same day a lockdown went into effect to slow the spread of the virus.
A further 545 people have died from the virus, bringing the total to 36,565, the French public health agency said on its website on Friday. Confirmed cases rose from 49,215 to 1.33 million, the second largest increase, behind only that of October 25.
The country has closed bars, restaurants and non-essential services until at least December, while allowing schools and most businesses to operate. President Emmanuel Macron said the goal was to protect public health while avoiding another debilitating blow to the economy.
The government plans to spend an additional 2.5 billion euros ($ 2.9 billion) to prepare hospitals for the disease, which Macron says could lead to serious illness in 9,000 patients by mid-November.