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France detects near 10K new Covid-19 cases in a day for first time

French President said he would announce new measures at a defense council on Friday to contain the epidemic

Friday September 11, 2020 8:02 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

France Covid-19

Paris: French heath authorities said almost 10,000 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in one day, making a record since the epidemic outbreak.

In the past 24 hours, 9,843 new cases were confirmed, bringing the country's total number of Covid-19 cases to 353,944, data released by the country's Health Ministry showed on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

Macron to announce new measures

As of Thursday, the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients rose by 352 to 5,096, of whom 615 needed intensive care, up by 54 from Wednesday.

The country also registered 19 additional coronavirus-related fatalities in a 24-hour period, bringing the death toll to 30,813.

Early on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would announce new measures at a defense council on Friday to contain the epidemic resurgence while allowing people to live as normal as possible.

Second Wave of Coronavirus

French scientists had expected a second wave of the coronavirus could hit the country in autumn or winter as a result of social mixing and absence of distancing and barrier measures during the summer holidays.

They asked authorities to anticipate all the possible scenarios and prepare a prevention plan for the country's most populated metropolitan areas, and to consider local lockdown according to the epidemic situation.

This comes with the Global covid-19 infections jumping to 27.9 million with 905,000 deaths and 18.8 million recoveries.

US, India and Brazil continue to be top three worst hit countries by Coronavirus as on today.

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