1 million confirmed in France among spikes

PARIS (AP) – French health officials say more than 1 million confirmed virus cases have been reported since the onset of the epidemic in France, the second in Western Europe after Spain to reach the number of known infections The country has become.

The National Health Agency released new figures showing that tests have confirmed at least 1,041,075 cases in France this year, including 42,032 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Experts say the actual number of infections is likely much higher than governments around the world, as early trials are lacking in epidemics, asymptomatic cases and other issues.

Like other countries in Europe, France has seen a rapid increase in its daily case numbers in recent weeks as the virus rebelled in Europe. COVID-19 patients now occupy more than 42% of ICU beds nationally and 64% in the Paris area.

More than 11,000 new COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in the past week, including 1,714 who are in intensive care, according to the National Health Agency.

Speaking on Friday after visiting a hospital in Pontoise, a suburb of Paris, a suburb of Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said that “the epidemic is growing very fast.”

The French government has expanded a curfew imposed in eight urban areas of France last week to surround 38 regions and Polynesia. The 9am-6 am curfew and other public health measures will remain “for at least six weeks”, Macron said.

The expansion means that 46 million of France’s 67 million people will be subject to curfews that prohibit them from walking, working and traveling and catching trains or flights during and after those hours, except for limited reasons. .

France has reported more than 34,000 virus-related deaths, one of the highest tolls in Europe.


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