New cases of coronavirus in France hit 20,339 record

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The number of coronavirus cases in France continues to rise, the latest figures taken between Thursday and Friday (October 9) showing the highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic.This brings the total number of cases in France to 691,977, the second highest in Europe after Spain.

The number of new hospital admissions, especially intensive care admissions and hospital deaths, is also on the rise. There are 1,439 people in intensive care, 21 more than the day before, which is also a record since May.

“It is of particular concern that over the past five weeks, the number of cases has doubled in people aged 65 to 74 and increased by 2.2 times in those 75 and over, who are more susceptible. severe forms of the disease, ”Public Health France said in its weekly coronavirus update.

In the past 24 hours, there have been 62 more deaths linked to Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in France to 32,630.

There was also an increase in the test positivity rate (proportion of positive people out of all those tested), which for the first time exceeded 10%, to 10.4%.

Santé Publique France specified that despite the worrying figures, “at the national level, new hospitalizations, admissions in intensive care for COVID-19 and the number of deaths remain at moderate levels compared to the situation observed in March-April 2020” .

“But the increase in the circulation of the virus, especially among the elderly, raises fears of continued hospitalizations and deaths in the weeks to come”, warned the health agency.

Health Minister Olivier Véran announced Thursday that four other cities – Lille, Lyon, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne – have been placed at the maximum alert level. They join Marseille-Aix, Paris and Guadeloupe.

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