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France Covid-19 count surges past 8L with 30.6K new cases Friday

The country's overall caseload has now increased to 809,684, while the death toll stands at 33,125

Friday October 16, 2020 10:56 AM, IANS

France Covid update

Paris: France has reported its highest number of single-day Covid-19 cases, with a total of 30,621 people testing positive for the virus in a span of 24 hours, health authorities said.

The new figure came after the previous record of 26,896 cases reported on October 10, reports Xinhua news agency.

The country's overall caseload has now increased to 809,684, while the death toll stands at 33,125.

While 1,586 clusters under investigation, the number of people hospitalised due to Covid-19 surged by 411 to 9,605, including 1,750 in intensive care units.

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"The situation is definitely getting worse," Prime Minister Jean Castex warned at a briefing on Thursday. In this context, France will enter a 30-day state of emergency on Saturday.

Authorities' extra power to deal with the virus resurgence "will last beyond if Parliament validates it" Castex added.

During the first Covid-19 wave in France, a state of health emergency was in effect across the the country from March 23 to July 10.

Curfews will be reimposed in Paris and other eight major cities from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic.

The night-time ban on movement will be introduced on Friday and midnight will remain in force at least for four weeks.

Global Covid Update

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 38.8 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,097,180, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 38,833,032 and the fatalities increased to 1,097,189, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 7,977,097 and 217,754, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,307,097, while the country's death toll soared to 111,266.


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