France sets new daily record of more than 50,000 COVID-19 cases


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France has set a new daily record for coronavirus infections with 52,010 recorded in 24 hours, official data showed on Sunday, surpassing 50,000 for the first time.

The French public health authority (SPF) said 116 people had died during the same period, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 34,761.

France has also crossed the symbolic milestone of one million confirmed cases of COVID since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, 17% of people tested for the virus now have positive results, up from 4.5% in early September.

The French government has extended a nighttime curfew to cover areas that are home to around 46 million people – or two in three French people.

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday it was too early to say whether a new lockdown was looming, after such a move was imposed nationally for two months in the spring.

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