Coronavirus: France sets daily records with around 10,000 new cases

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image CaptionAuthorities condemn new coronovirus measures in France amid growing infection

France has recorded about 10,000 new coronovirus cases in 24 hours, marking its largest single-day count since the outbreak began.

Health officials reported 9,843 newly confirmed Kovid-19 cases on Thursday, surpassing the previous daily record of about 900.

The data was released on the eve of an important meeting of ministers and health experts about measures to harden them.

France has the seventh highest Kovid-19 death in the world.

More than 30,800 people have died of coronovirus in the country.

The number of patients in intensive care units in the country has also been increasing in recent times. Although hospital figures are still far from the peaks reached in April, there are concerns over the stress that rising infection rates may have on the health system.

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At the meeting on Friday, officials will discuss introducing new measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

The head of the Scientific Council advising the government on the epidemic, Jean-François Delfrasi, warns that “drastic” decisions may need to be made.

President Emanuel Macron said the meeting would give the public a clear idea of ​​what to expect in the coming weeks.

According to news agency AFP, “We should be as transparent and clear as possible on Thursday.” “We need to be demanding and realistic without any nervousness.”

Earlier this month, the country unveiled a major economic stimulus package aimed at helping to recover the economic damage caused by coronaviruses.

Dubbed the “France Re-Launch”, it aims to reverse rising unemployment, and includes tax cuts for business.

What is happening elsewhere in Europe?

Other countries in Europe are also seeing an increase in cases of coronovirus.

Britain’s confirmed coronavirus cases increased by more than 2,000 for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday, as England put mainland Portugal back on its quarantine list. England is also preparing to implement new restrictions, banning social gatherings of more than six people.

Spain became the first country in the European Union this week to record more than half of Kovid-19 cases, adding some 100,000 new cases in the previous month.

The World Health Organization has warned of a possible resurgence of the disease in Europe in October and November.

Many countries have re-enforced local lockdowns in their most affected areas, and there has been renewed appeal for people to wear face masks and follow social removal rules.

In many countries, students are returning to school after dropping out of class due to an epidemic in recent times.

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