France reports more than 45,000 new cases of the virus

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PARISFrance reported 45,422 new cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, the country’s highest single-day peak, the health ministry said.

According to the ministry, the total number of cases in the country has exceeded 1.08 million.

Also today, the French National Assembly also approved a bill that will extend the current state of emergency until February 16, 2021. The bill will now be submitted to the Senate on Wednesday. It should be adopted in early November.

The state of emergency – adopted by 71 votes to 35 – could be extended until April 1 if the assembly decides at that time. It acts as an official government decree and will stay in place for a month.

Government officials will have the power to enact more stringent measures where and when they see fit, such as curfews or localized lockdowns in towns and villages.

The death toll fell on Saturday to 138, down 46 from Friday. The death toll in the country has reached 34,645 people.

At least 11,713 people remain hospitalized with intensive care patients now recorded at 1,772, a jump of 58 patients in the past 24 hours.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the night curfew of 38 other departments in the country.

They will now join the nine other departments currently at maximum security.

The Minister of Health, Olivier Veran, warned Saturday that the load “will increase in the days and weeks to come, whatever we do”.

He added that the bill is a “text of responsibility to enable us to actively protect the French in this period, which will be long and difficult”.
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