France crossed the one million case mark on October 23, but officials stressed that the second wave of the pandemic unfolding in the country had been “brutal”.
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, however stressed this week that “the efforts of the French are bearing fruit” – the country is under a second national lock of four weeks since October 30. He also said the country had “passed an epidemic. peak “.
Hospitals, however, remain tense with more than 33,100 COVID-19 patients currently being treated, including more than 4,830 in intensive care.
The death toll has meanwhile increased from 437 to 46,273 – the third highest in Europe behind Italy’s 46,464 and the UK’s 52,745.
Britain, which is also subject to a second national lockdown, recorded its biggest increase in daily COVID-19 deaths since May 6 Tuesday with 598 deaths.