March 15, 2020 / 7:30 PM / 20 days ago

France reports 36 more coronavirus deaths, raising total to 127

People walk on empty street, following France's Prime Minister announcement to close most all non-indispensable locations, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and shops as France grapples with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, in Paris, France, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s Public Health Authority on Sunday reported 36 new deaths from coronavirus, taking the total to 127, and said there had been an increase of more than 1,000 cases.

“The virus is circulating.. it is circulating and it is threatening the lives,” Olivier Veran told France 2 television. “I implore the French to respect the strict social measures.”

The French Public Health Authority said 127 people had now died, up from 91 on Saturday. The number of cases had risen to 5,423 cases, up from 4,449 on Saturday.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alexander Smith

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