France has recorded a daily increase in cases of coronovirus as the country struggles afresh in infections.
On Saturday, health officials said there were 10,561 new cases, more than 1,000 by Friday’s figures.
The number of hospitalized people and intensive care is also increasing.
A group of doctors has urged people to avoid private ceremonies amid the latest outbreak.
“After the joy of coming again this summer, it’s time to exercise caution in the private world,” the doctors said in a column published in Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.
“The smaller a room, the more people involved, the less ventilated it is, the more you increase the risks.”
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Infection rates have increased for all age groups since June, but officials say the increase is especially significant among young adults.
France is one of several European countries to see an increase in new cases.
As the continent’s authorities relaxed a tight lockdown imposed in March to deal with the outbreak, new cases began to appear in June and jumped significantly last month.
What is the latest in France?
Saturday’s figures sent 2,432 people to the hospital, 75 more than on Friday. Of these, 417 were sent to intensive care, an increase of 28.
An additional 17 people died of the virus. France has recorded more than 30,000 deaths since the seventh-largest epidemic worldwide.
Authorities have now designated 42 areas as “red zones”, where virus circulation is active and where strict mask requirements and aggregated restrictions apply.
It includes Paris, Lyon and almost the entire Mediterranean coast.
Prime Minister Jean Castex – who recently tested negative after a potential risk of the virus – has asked local officials in the island of Bordeaux, Marseille and Guadeloupe to suggest a “new set of additional measures” to spread on Monday.
Tour de France organizers, meanwhile, have banned spectators from starting and ending the stages that pass through the red areas.
What is the situation elsewhere in Europe?
Many other European countries are dealing with fresh outbreaks.
On Sunday, the Czech Republic recorded a daily record increase with 1,541 new infections for the third consecutive day. Neighboring countries have begun restricting entry for checks, with Germany announcing that a negative test would be required for arrivals from Prague on Wednesday.
Spain on Thursday reported its highest daily increase, reporting 10,764 new infections – although the Ministry of Health said the new cases were “stable”. The country has the highest number of cases in Europe.
Princess Leonor, a 14-year-old heir to the Spanish throne, has gone into quarantine after testing positive for one of her classmates, Kovid-19. He and other pupils will be tested at Madrid’s Santa Maria de los Rosales School.