France daily coronavirus cases hit new post-lockdown high

France daily coronavirus cases hit new post-lockdown high
The number of new coronavirus cases have surged in France in August, the main holiday month in France. Photo: AFP
France on Wednesday recorded new coronavirus cases at the fastest daily rate since May, official figures showed, as the country prepares for the return from summer holidays.

Almost 3,800 Covid-19 infections were confirmed in the past 24 hours, the health ministry's DGS public health division said.

“All indicators continue to climb and transmission of the virus is intensifying,” the DGS said in a statement.

More than 3,000 new daily cases have been registered on just two days since May, on Saturday and Sunday last weekend.

Several departments in both the Île-de-France region around Paris and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region around the Mediterranean port city of Marseille on Wednesday passed the “alert threshold” of 50 new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the DGS said.

Paris and Marseilles were both placed on the highest level of alert last week.

Nationwide, more than 16,700 infections have been detected over the past week.

Meanwhile the number of people in intensive care because of the virus remains comparatively low at 374 and the death rate has not seen a spike.

Since the coronavirus emerged late last year, more than 225,000 people have been infected in France and almost 30,500 have died.

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