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Over 49K new Covid cases in France on 1st day of lockdown

The accumulative cases since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in France reached 1,331,984

Saturday October 31, 2020 9:33 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

France New Covid cases

Paris: France, on the first day of national lockdown to stem the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, reported 49,215 more cases of coronavirus infection, according to data released by the Public Health Agency.

The accumulative cases since the outbreak of the pandemic reached 1,331,984. With 256 more people losing their lives to the disease in the past 24 hours, the death toll caused by COVID-19 hit 36,565, the data released on Friday revealed, Xinhua news agency reported.

Some 22,153 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 infections, including 3,368 in intensive care.

France started a second national confinement from Thursday midnight. People go out only for work, health emergency, essential family needs or short exercise near home. Non-essential shops including bars, cafes, gyms and restaurants are closed.

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The government expects that a one-month lockdown would help cut the daily number of COVID-19 infections to 5,000, but experts believed that new restrictions need more time to bear fruit.

As the world is caught in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries including France, Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States are racing to find a vaccine.

According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of October 19, there were 198 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 44 of them were in clinical trials.

Global Covid update today

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 45.4 million, while the deaths have surged to 1,187,020, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total caseload and death toll stood at 45,477,552 and 1,187,023, respectively, 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 9,036,678 and 229,594, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 8,088,851, while the country's death toll soared to 121,090.

Corona update of other top 15 countries

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,494,376), Russia (1,588,433), France (1,377,347), Spain (1,185,678), Argentina (1,157,179), Colombia (1,053,122), the UK (992,874), Mexico (912,811), Peru (897,594), South Africa (723,682), Italy (647,674), Iran (604,952), Germany (517,736), Chile (508,571), and Iraq (470,633), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 158,969.

The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (90,773), the UK (46,319), Italy (38,321), France (36,605), Spain (35,878), Iran (34,478), Peru (34,362), Colombia (31,421), Argentina (30,792), Russia (27,462), South Africa (19,230), Chile (14,158), Indonesia (13,782), Ecuador (12,632), Belgium (11,308), Iraq (10,862), Germany (10,391), Turkey (10,177) and Canada (10,163).


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