New French COVID cases could be 100,000 per day – Government medical adviser

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FILE PHOTO: 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 / File photo

PARIS (Reuters) – France could see 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day – twice the latest official figure – Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the pandemic, told RTL radio.

“There are probably over 50,000 cases a day. We estimate, within the scientific committee, that we are more in the neighborhood of 100,000 cases per day ”, declared Delfraissy.

France, the euro area’s second-largest economy, is currently examining the possibility of further tightening lockdown measures to curb the resurgence of the COVID-19 virus, having already imposed night-time curfews in major cities, including Paris.

The Department of Health on Sunday reported a record 52,010 new confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, as a second wave of cases sweeps across Europe.

The new cases brought the French total to 1,138,507, with France overtaking Argentina and Spain in recording the fifth-highest number of cases in the world.

The ministry said 116 people had died from coronavirus infection within 24 hours through Sunday, up from 137 a day earlier, bringing the total number of deaths to 34,761.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Edited by Catherine Evans

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