FILE PHOTO: Individuals wearing protective face masks stroll at the Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as France reinforces mask-wearing as part of efforts to suppress a renewal of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) across the country, August 3,2020 REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
PARIS (Reuters) – The number of people in France infected with coronavirus on Friday rose by 2,288 on Friday, a new post-lockdown high, following increases of 1,604 on Thursday and 1,695 on Wednesday, the health ministry said in a statement.
It also said that the cumulative death toll from the virus now stood at 30,324, an increase of 12 compared to 7 on Thursday and 9 on Wednesday.
The number of people in health center continued its weeks-long slide, falling by 49 to 5,011, while the number of individuals in extensive care fell again by 7 to 383 after it increased on three days today.
The number of people in ICU had actually been falling progressively every day from a high of 7,148 on April 8, but that trend reversed today and the number of people in ICU is now greater than seven days earlier.
Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Nick Zieminski