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Coro­n­avirus cases pass half-mil­lion mark in France

- France · Paris · United States of America · Marseille · Olympique de Marseille · Emmanuel Macron

>>PARIS: The num­ber of coro­n­avirus cases in France has passed 500,000, au­thor­i­ties said on Fri­day af­ter record­ing a near-record daily jump in in­fec­tions.

The to­tal num­ber stood at 513,034, health min­istry data showed, tak­ing France into a group of just 11 coun­tries with more than half a mil­lion cases. The United States has the most with 7 mil­lion.

Ear­lier on Fri­day, pro­test­ers in Mar­seille de­manded Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s gov­ern­ment re­verse an or­der to shut down bars and restau­rants in France’s sec­ond-big­gest city, the epi­cen­tre of a sec­ond wave of Covid-19.

In the past two weeks, France has recorded nearly 150,000 new Covid-19 cases, more than the 132,000 recorded dur­ing the two-month lock­down in the spring.

It reg­is­tered 15,797 new con­firmed cases on Fri­day, just shy of a daily record of 16,096 set a day ear­lier.

The num­ber of peo­ple who have died from the in­fec­tion jumped by 150 on Fri­day— triple the daily lev­els of the past week — to 31,661.

The num­ber of peo­ple in hos­pi­tal with the in­fec­tion also con­tin­ued its steady as­cent of the past month, ris­ing by 97 to 6,128, with the num­ber of peo­ple in in­ten­sive care up by 50 to 1,098.

Both hos­pi­tal num­bers are still well be­low their highs of more than 32,000 and 7,100 re­spec­tively set dur­ing the peak of the cri­sis in April.

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