France registers 27,228 new cases of COVID-19, 302 additional deaths

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FILE PHOTO: A doctor at Strasbourg University Hospital is seen at work as he undergoes training for new staff to bolster regular ICU teams facing a second wave of patients with the disease coronavirus (COVID-19) in Strasbourg, France, November 13, 2020. REUTERS / Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) – France recorded 27,228 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 302 other deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours, data from the Ministry of Health showed on Sunday, although there was signs of declining rate of new cases.

France has now recorded 1,981,827 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in total, while 44,548 people have died from the virus – the seventh highest death toll in the world.

Nonetheless, the data marked a slight drop from the previous day’s COVID-19 figures in terms of new confirmed cases and deaths.

France is in the midst of its second national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, after its March-May shutdown.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has set a December 1 deadline for this lockdown, although the government has said it could extend it beyond if it feels the numbers are not dropping fast enough.

The government is under pressure from stores and businesses to ease restrictions in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Macron took to Twitter to remind the public of basic health measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Our fight against the epidemic concerns us all and the next few days will be decisive,” he wrote on Saturday.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Blandine Henault; Edited by Timothy Heritage and Hugh Lawson

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