France sees 854 more deaths from coronavirus

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PARIS France reported 854 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, with the total number of deaths now standing at 38,289, according to the country’s health ministry.

The latest figure includes 426 people who have died in hospitals in the past 24 hours and another 428 who have died in nursing homes since Friday, the ministry said.

There were 36,330 new cases reported on Tuesday, a significant drop from 16,188 in the past 24 hours. The total number of infections now stands at 1,502,763.

A total of 26,265 people have been hospitalized due to the disease. About 3,878 of them are in intensive care.

Ninety-six departments in the country remain in a vulnerable position, with 2,448 clusters of infection in the country considered serious.

Meanwhile, the country’s National Assembly initially voted last night to extend the government-announced lockdown period from October 17 to February 16, 2021 due to a significant increase in coronavirus cases.

But despite a proposal to parliament by members of French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party, the Republic on the move (LREM), to extend the lockdown as part of the fight against the epidemic, the opposition has suggested that everyone move from time with his family at Christmas.

As the ruling party did not win enough seats in parliament in the last election, they were rejected and the lockdown could only be extended until December 15.

In France, the lockout, which had been declared for two months in March, was reinstated on October 17 by a government decree.

The lockdown gives the government the power to restrict certain freedoms across the country or in certain regions and to confiscate any goods and services deemed necessary.

Worldwide, the death toll from COVID-19 has risen to more than 1.2 million in 190 countries since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December last year . The number of infections stands at nearly 47.5 million, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, based in the United States.

The Union des pharmaciens communautaire also announced on Tuesday that 40% of French pharmacies would begin testing for antigen of the virus in their stores by the end of this week. About 80% of all pharmacies have already ordered the tests and half have been received.
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