New COVID-19 cases in France on the rise again, curfew effects remain to be seen

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A health worker performs an olfactory test on a patient at a screening center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nice, France, October 21, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – Daily new cases of COVID-19 in France increased by at least 25,000 for the sixth time in 12 days on Wednesday and the number of people hospitalized for the disease rose by more than 700 for the third day in a row , suggesting the partial curfew has yet to produce effects.

The resurgence of the pandemic is such that the government will likely announce a geographical extension of the curfew, imposed since Saturday in Paris and eight other large cities from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Health experts say it usually takes two weeks for such measures to be visible in the containment of the virus.

Health officials have reported 26,676 new COVID-19 infections, up from 20,468 on Tuesday, but below the historic high of 32,427 reached on Saturday.

The cumulative number of cases now stands at 957,421 and, given the current seven-day moving average of 25,480, it is highly likely that France will have passed the one million case mark by the end of the week, thus becoming the second country in Western Europe to do so. therefore after Spain.

The number of people who have died in France from COVID-19 infections increased by 163, to 34,048, against a moving average of 144 months over seven days.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has crossed the threshold of 13,000 for the first time since June 6.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chris Reese and Alexandra Hudson

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