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France reports 8,550 new daily COVID-19 infections

FILE PHOTO: A health worker, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, prepares to administer a nasal swab to a patient at a testing site for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) installed in front of the city-hall in Paris, France, September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French health authorities reported 8,550 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, down from Friday’s 8,975.

Friday’s figure had set a new all-time high of daily additional infections since the disease started to spread in the country at the end of the winter.

The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 increased by 12 to 30,698, and the cumulative number of cases now totals 317,706.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; editing by Jonathan Oatis