PARIS (Reuters) – France has become the sixth country in the world to report more than 10 million COVID-19 cases since the epidemic, according to a report released on Saturday.
French health officials also reported 219,126 new cases uncovered in 24 hours, on the fourth day in a row that the country had recorded more than 200,000 cases.
France sued the United States, India, Brazil, Britain and Russia with more than 10 million lawsuits.
Saturday’s figure was second only to a record 232,200 on Friday when French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the next few weeks would be difficult.
In his New Year’s address, Macron did not mention the need to have health precautions than previously announced, adding that the government should refrain from further restricting human rights.
But the government said earlier on Saturday that from Monday wearing masks in public places would be acceptable for children as young as six against 11 in the past.
And some major cities, including Paris and Lyon, have also introduced street masks for everyone.
The seven-day number of new cases in France, which causes daily inconsistencies, rose to 157,651 – a jump of about five times a month.
The number of people admitted to the COVID-19 hospital has risen by 96 over 24 hours, standing at a seven-month risk of 18,811. But that figure is still about half the 33,497 records reached in November 2020.
The death toll for COVID-19 has risen by 110 in 24 hours to 123,851, number 12 worldwide. The death toll from seven days has risen to 186, the highest since May 14.
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