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France again sees more than 20,000 coronavirus infections in a day

FILE PHOTO: French Sciences Po University students Solene, 19, and Nicolas, 19, wearing protective face masks, leave a coffee shop after an interview in Paris, France, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - France again reported more than 20,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections in a day, a total of 20,468, after the daily tally dipped to 13,243 on Monday.

Last week, France saw five days with more than 20,000 new cases per day and two days with more than 30,000. The total now stands at 930,745 and looks set to jump above the 1 million mark before the end of this week if the trend continues.

The health ministry also reported 262 new deaths, including a multi-day batch of 100 from retirement homes, pushing the cumulative death toll to 33,885.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 rose by 797 to 12,458, the biggest single-day increase since early April. The number of people in intensive care rose by 78 to 2,177.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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