The French Ministry of Health reported 25,086 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, after reporting a record high of 30,621 the day before.
- Coronavirus infections in France reached 834,770, with 33,303 deaths
- France to subject Paris and eight other major cities to nightly curfews to slow the spread
- Curfews will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. the next day.
He also reported that 122 people had died from coronavirus infection in hospitals in the past 24 hours, up from 88 on Thursday (local time).
Including deaths in nursing homes, the death toll rose by 178 on Friday.
The total number of infections since the start of the year now stands at 834,770 and the cumulative number of deaths at 33,303.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased from 437 to 10,042, surpassing 10,000 for the first time since mid-June, and the number of people in intensive care increased from 50 to 1,800, a level last seen in mid-May.
In the past seven days, France has recorded nearly 14,800 new coronavirus infections, more than the 132,430 recorded during the two-month lockdown from mid-March to mid-May.
Night curfew in Paris
France will subject Paris and eight other major cities to nighttime curfews for at least a month to slow the spread of the coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.
Mr Macron said control of the virus had not been lost but more stringent measures were needed.
Peacetime curfews have rarely been imposed in France.
Coronavirus curfews will affect some 20 million people, or about a third of the French population.
Curfews will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. the next morning.
The government has the power to impose a four-week curfew, however, Mr Macron has said he will head to parliament for a further two-week extension, meaning it will end on December 1.
A curfew like this was last put in place in 2018, when local authorities imposed a nighttime curfew on parts of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean in response to the violent anti-government demonstrations of “yellow vests”. This curfew lasted five days.
AP / Reuters