France surpasses 1 million confirmed virus cases in peak

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PARIS (AP) – French health authorities say France has recorded more than one million confirmed cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second Western European country after Spain to reach this number of known infections. The national health agency released new figures showing that tests had confirmed at least 1,041,075 cases in France this year, including 42,032 new cases in 24 hours. Experts say actual infections are likely much higher than numbers governments around the world are reporting due to lack of testing early in the pandemic and asymptomatic cases. Like other countries, France has seen its daily number of cases increase sharply in recent weeks as the virus rebounded in Europe.

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