PARIS (Reuters) – France reported 1,346 new coronavirus infections on Friday, with a total of 187,919 patients recorded daily as the daily number of new cases remained above 1,300 for the third day, the last level observed during blocking.
FILE PHOTOGRAPHY: Healthcare professionals collect samples at a transitional test site to detect possible coronavirus infections following a cluster of cases due to the illegal opening of the Hacienda Cafe nightclub in Quibero, France, on July 29, 2020. REUTERS / Caroline Paillez
At the end of the first month of the school holidays, when millions of French people traveled and mingled with friends and family for weeks, the rate of infection rose back to the level seen at the end of April, when the epidemic was in full swing. and strict blocking was introduced.
Comparisons can be difficult because the Ministry of Health does not publish data every day and sometimes adds batches of historical data to one-day values. However, the seven-day moving average (7DMA), which compensates for such discrepancies, is above 1,000 on the second day in a row.
Except in early May, when the 7DMA was above 1,000 per week due to data revisions, the 7DMA was above 1,000 from 1 March to 1 May, with a maximum of 1,53537 on 1 April.
On Friday, the government gave local authorities the power to order the wearing of face masks in outdoor public spaces as the country fights to restore COVID-19.
But while new infections are now returning to pre-lockout levels and before locking, fewer people die or become seriously ill compared to a few months.
The health ministry said Friday that the number of people in a hospital with COVID-19 fell 77 to 5,298, continuing a steady decline from a high of 32,292 on April 14.
The number of patients in the intensive care unit continued to decline, by 10 to 371, compared with a peak of 7,148 in April.
11 people have died of the virus in the last 24 hours, for a total of 30,265.
In April, France had several days with more than 1,000 deaths from the virus, with a maximum of 1,438 on 15 April.
Reportage Geert De Clercq, Editing Franklin Paul, Kirsten Donovan