New cases of COVID-19 in France slow but deaths rise sharply

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Nurses, wearing a protective mask and protective suit, work in a COVID-19 medicine unit where patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at Bethune-Beuvry hospital in Beuvry, France , October 16, 2020. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) – French health officials reported 13,243 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours on Monday, down sharply from Saturday’s record of 32,427 and Sunday’s 29,837.

Monday’s figure tends to go down as there are fewer tests being done on Sunday. The seven-day moving average of new infections, which is the weekly average of irregularities in data reporting, sits above the record high of 23,000 for the second consecutive time.

The number of people who died in France from COVID-19 infections increased from 146 to 33,623, from 85 on Sunday. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 910,277, with the country becoming the eighth in the world to have more than 900,000 cases.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chris Reese

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