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World French COVID-19 cases jump to new daily record over 13,000

21:41  18 september  2020
21:41  18 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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PARIS (Reuters) - France reported 13,215 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, a new daily record.

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The health ministry also said that the total number of deaths from COVID-19 increased by 123 to 31,249. That would make the daily toll the highest in three months.

Based on Thursday's reported toll of 31,095, the increase would amount to 154, a four-month high. Nobody was immediately available at the ministry to comment on a possible restatement of Thursday's death tally.

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As the infection rate increases daily, the most affected regions and cities in France have tightened regulations.

The city of Nice on the French Riviera will ban gatherings of more than 10 people in public spaces and force bars to close early after Marseille and Bordeaux introduced similar measures on Monday.

Paris, where the virus has also been circulating more quickly than elsewhere, has not banned gatherings of more than 10 people but the police prefecture said on Friday that it strongly advised against private gatherings of more than 10 people.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq, Editing by Franklin Paul and Philippa Fletcher)

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