France reports more than 15,700 new cases of COVID-19

France reports more than 15,700 new cases of COVID-19

France has recorded 15,792 new cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to more than 4.29 million, health authorities said on Monday.

Another 344 people lost the battle against the virus, bringing the death toll in the country to 92,648.

A total of 26,488 people are treated in hospitals, including 4,548 in intensive care, while the number of recoveries has risen to 282,885.

The rate of positive tests reached 8%.

The number of people vaccinated since December 27 last year exceeds 6.35 million, including more than 2.48 million who have received their second vaccine, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

On March 16 of this year, the first anniversary of France’s first national lockdown, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said “the pandemic is working overtime. We’re in what looks like a third wave form[…]characterized by the variants. ”

Two days later, Castex took his first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine as its administration resumed nationwide after an eight-day suspension due to safety concerns.

Since its origin in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 2.7 million people in 192 countries and regions.

More than 123.6 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeding 70 million, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, based in the United States.

The United States, Brazil and India remain the most affected countries in terms of cases.

* Writing by Merve Berker
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