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SUBMIT PHOTO: Healthcare employees gather samples in a walk-through test website to identify possible coronavirus infections after the development of a cluster of cases due to the unlawful opening of the Hacienda Cafe club in Quiberon, France, July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Caroline Paillez
At the end of the first month of school holidays, with countless French individuals socializing and traveling with pals and household not seen for weeks, the infection rate has actually risen back to a level last reported in late April, when the epidemic remained in complete swing and a strict lockdown was in location.
Comparisons can be difficult, as the health ministry does not publish data every day and it in some cases adds batches of historical data to single-day figures. The seven-day moving average (7DMA), which smoothes out such irregularities, is now above 1,000 for the second day in a row.
Except for early May, when the 7DMA was above 1,000 for a week due to an information modification, the 7DMA was above 1,000 from March 19 to May 1, with a peak of 4,5537 on April 1.
On Friday, the government gave regional authorities the power to buy the using of face masks in outside public spaces as the nation combats a revival of COVID-19.
While brand-new infections are now back to lockdown and pre-lockdown levels, fewer people are passing away or falling seriously ill compared to a couple of months earlier.
The health ministry said on Friday the variety of people in healthcare facility with COVID-19 fell by 77 to 5,298, continuing an uninterrupted fall from a peak of 32,292 on April 14.
The number of patients in intensive care also continued to fall, down by 10 to 371 and compared to a high of 7,148 on April 8.
In the previous 24 hours, 11 people passed away from the virus, taking the overall to 30,265.
In April, France had numerous days with more than 1,000 virus deaths, with a peak of 1,438 on April 15.
Reporting by Geert De Clercq, Editing by Franklin Paul, Kirsten Donovan
PARIS (Reuters) – France reported 1,346 new coronavirus infections on Friday, taking the total to 187,919 as the daily tally of new cases stayed above 1,300 for the 3rd day running, a level last seen during lockdown.