Record number of coronavirus cases in France: 52,000 positives in one day

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It is the fourth consecutive daily record of rising coronavirus infections, which shows the exponential growth of the epidemic. There are almost 35,000 dead and more than a million infected.

France this Sunday recorded the fourth consecutive daily record of coronavirus infections, with 52,010, which shows the exponential growth of the epidemic and puts more pressure on the authorities to tighten the restrictions one day after the extension of the night curfew.

France’s public health agency indicated on its website that it has already exceeded the threshold of 1.1 million infections since the beginning of the pandemic, specifically 1,138,507.

In the last 24 hours, 116 deaths have been certified by covid-19, a figure lower than the 138 that had been reported on Saturday. That means that officially since the beginning of March 34,761 died in France people directly from the pandemic.

The new cases this Sunday represent a very significant jump compared to the 45,422 infections on Saturday and the 42,032 on Friday, and raise fears of an increase in hospitalizations in the coming days, as the Government has already anticipated.

The positive test rate has also risen to 17%, one percentage point more than the day before.

In the absence of updating the hospitalization data, on Saturday there were 15,660 patients hospitalized for coronavirus in France, of which 2,500 in the ucis.

They are still much lower than the peaks recorded in April during the first wave, when there were almost 32,300 hospitalized and 7,148 in intensive care units.

But the progression has been dizzying since the months of July and August, when the number of admitted people fell to less than 5,000 and the number of occupied ucis places to less than 400.

The French Government imposed from October 17 a night confinement, between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., in the Paris region and in eight other urban areas, which since this Saturday has been extended to 54 departments in total, where 46 million people live, more than two-thirds of the country’s population .

In the middle of next week the first effects of the curfew should be evaluated and adjust the device.

Although it is the scenario that has been avoided in recent months, the Executive and the president himself, Emmanuel Macron, have recognized that they do not exclude the use of “local or broader confinements.”

Source: AFP and EFE

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