New COVID-19 cases in France slow down again before possible release of lockdown


Rosalie, a medical student, performs a rapid Covid-19 antigen test in a tent outside a pharmacy in Antibes as the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continues in France, November 23, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard reuters_tickers

This content was published on November 23, 2020 – 19:34

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities on Monday reported 4,452 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, up from 13,157 on Sunday, with the daily increase slowing for the fourth day in a row before a possible loosening of the country’s second lockdown.

Monday’s figure tends to go down as there are fewer tests being done on Sunday. The seven-day moving average of new infections, which is the average of weekly data reporting irregularities, stands at 21,918, falling below the 22,000 threshold for the first time since October 17.

That number peaked at 54,440 on November 7.

The number of people who have died in France from COVID-19 infections has increased from 501 to 49,233, up from 214 on Sunday. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 2,144,660, the fourth highest count in the world.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chris Reese)


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