A patient infected with Covid-19 diseaseis treated in the "Hopital Prive de la Loire" in Saint-Etienne. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP
According to Public Health France (SpF), the overall death toll in France since the start of the pandemic now stands at 40,169.
The daily number of new infections was not immediately available, after it surpassed 60,000 but the day before, marking a sharp acceleration in cases.
SpF said revised figures were scheduled to be published on Monday.
The dramatic rise in infections is putting increased pressure on hospitals, where 4,410 patients were in intensive care, compared with 3,721 at the beginning of the week.
The total number of beds for coronavirus patients has been increased to 6,400 from 5,000.