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France sets record for highest number of COVID cases in a day since April

PARIS (Reuters) – France has registered around 47,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Olivier Veran told lawmakers on Tuesday, the highest number in a single day since from April 8 at the height of the third wave of the pandemic.

The latest data will push the cumulative total of cases in France since the start of the pandemic to 7.67 million and the seven-day moving average of new infections to more than 32,000.

During the third wave in spring, the seven-day average rose above 42,000. On April 8, France recorded nearly 85,000 COVID-19 infections.

Authorities say the majority of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized have not been vaccinated. About 75% of the French population is now fully vaccinated.

On Monday, France recorded its biggest increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since spring, with the number of patients hospitalized with the virus increasing by 470 to 9,860 and the number of intensive care patients by 117 people to 1,749 people.

Updated figures for Tuesday will be published after 6pm (1700 GMT).

(Reporting by Sophie Louet; Writing by Geert De Clercq, Editing by Tassilo Hummel and Gareth Jones)

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