PARIS (Reuters) – France reported 1,346 new coronovirus infections on Friday, with a total of 187,919 new cases running daily, up from 1,300 for the third day running, a level last seen during lockdown Was.
FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers collected samples at a walk-through test site to detect possible coronovirus infections following the emergence of a group of cases due to the illegal opening of the Hackenda Cafe nightclub on July 29, 2020 in Quiboran, France. Paillez
At the end of the first month of the school holidays, millions of French people travel and do not show up for weeks with friends and family, the rate of infection has returned to the end of last April, when the epidemic was in full swing. And there was a strict lockout.
Comparisons can be difficult, as the Ministry of Health does not publish data every day and it sometimes combines single-day data with historical data. But the seven-day moving average (7DMA), which tackles such irregularities, is now above 1,000 for the second consecutive day.
Except for the beginning of May, when 7DMA was above 1,000 for a week due to data revision, 7DMA was above 1,000 from 19 March to 1 May, with a peak of 4,5537 on 1 April.
On Friday, the government ordered local authorities to wear face masks at outdoor public places as the country is fighting a revival of COVID-19.
But while new infections are now back at lockdown and pre-lockdown levels, fewer people are dying or falling seriously ill than they were a few months ago.
The Health Ministry said on Friday that the uninterrupted decline continued from a peak of 32,292 on 14 April, with the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 falling from 77 to 5,298.
The number of patients in intensive care also continued to decline, from 10 to 371 and compared to a high of 7,148 on 8 April.
In the last 24 hours, 11 people died from the virus, bringing the total to 30,265.
In April, France had several days of deaths from more than 1,000 viruses, a peak of 1,438 on 15 April.
Reporting by Geet de Klerk, Editing by Franklin Paul, Kirsten Donovan