France reports more than 16,000 new cases of COVID, 46 deaths in last 24 hours

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, prepares to administer a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test site in Nantes, France, on October 6, 2020. REUTERS / Stéphane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus infections in France was 16,101 in the past 24 hours, up from a record high of nearly 27,000 the day before, according to data from the Ministry of Health on Sunday.

The numbers brought the running total to 734,974 since the start of the year. The number of deaths from the virus increased from 46 to 32,730.

New cases are usually fewer on Sunday because fewer tests are done on weekends.

Report by John Irish and Jean-Michel Belot; Edited by Andrew Cawthorne

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