France’s daily Covid-19 cases hit two-month high
Paris, Jan 21 (IANS) The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France hit a two-month high at 26,784, health authorities said on Wednesday.
A higher daily tally, at 28,393, was registered on November 18, 2020, according to official data, Xinhua news agency reported.
Meanwhile, the country’s coronavirus death toll increased by 310 within a day.
Currently, a total of 25,686 people are hospitalized, 2,852 of them in intensive care.
The two tallies rose by 119 and 13 respectively in the last 24 hours.
To date, France has recorded 2,965,117 people having caught COVID-19, of whom 71,652 have died.
Since Saturday, a nationwide curfew starting at 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. has been put into effect to contain the viral circulation amid the spread of highly infectious virus variants.
“The curfew is an effective protection to limit the circulation of the Covid-19,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said early on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting.
“Let’s give this curfew a chance,” he said, noting that an earlier curfew imposed in the worst-hit departments since early January had a “positive impact on the virus circulation.”
“Obviously, if the situation deteriorates in a significant way, other national measures will be decided,” Attal added.
The earlier nationwide curfew was among a series of stricter Covid-19 rules announced by French Prime Minister Jean Castex last week.
According to the rules, non-European travellers arriving in France would have to present a negative Covid-19 test less than 72 hours before boarding their flights. They would have to self-quarantine for seven days and then take a second test.