France reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Jean Castex warned of an “apparent deterioration” in the spread of the virus, the largest daily increase since the end of the nation’s lockout in May.
According to public health agency data, cases exceeded 10,561 in 24 hours. The seven-day rolling average stands at 8,029 and has been climbing continuously for almost four weeks.
Castex said in a speech on Friday that the French government was trying to avoid another national lockout, and that people would have to live with the virus and be cautious to take precautions. Western Europe has resumed as a global attraction center for infection, with cases of spiking also occurring in neighboring countries including Germany, Spain and Britain.
Castex said the virus is roaming “more and more” in France, and will remain here for several months. Jean-François Delferie, who heads the scientific council advising the government of President Emmanuel Macron, said on Friday that people would “reintroduce their behavior over the summer after not necessarily strictly following the rules of the virus” Control “is required to be achieved.
To bid for the measure, France, on the advice of the council, will reduce the period of self-quarantine for those testing positive from two weeks to Kovid-19 to seven days. Health officials have hired 2,000 people to help with contact tracing.
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The government reported that French deaths related to coronovirus on Saturday increased from 17 to 30,893. Health officials on Friday reported the largest increase in daily deaths since the middle of July, partly due to the inclusion of several days of data from retirement homes.
According to Castex, the virus is mainly circulating among young people, many of whom do not show symptoms, with a “significant” increase in hospitalization. The Prime Minister said that intensive care units are seeing an equal share of elderly patients in March. According to Health-Agency data, new cases are slowing down, as hospitalizations and patients are increasing in intensive care due to the virus.