France reports 22,848 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in a day

Reuters

Posted at Jan 22 2021 05:20 AM

A general view shows the main entrance of the luxury hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris as French hotels face COVID-19 restrictions measures to fight the coronavirus disease in France, January 14, 2021. Picture taken January 14, 2021. Christian Hartmann, Reuters

PARIS - The French health ministry reported 22,848 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 26,784 on Wednesday, but hospitalizations continued to rise.

The number of people in intensive care rose by 24 to 2,876 while the total number of patients hospitalized for the disease was up 49 over 24 hours at 25,735.

Health ministry data also showed 346 people had died from the virus in hospitals on Thursday, up from 310 on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 71,998, the world's seventh-highest.

France's cumulative total of cases is fast approaching 3 million, the sixth-highest in the world.

The government has said intensive care numbers need to be between 2,500 and 3,000 before it can consider easing limits on people movements.

Last Thursday, the government tightened a daily curfew to 1800 CET from 2000 CET.

France will probably need a third national lockdown if the current 6 p.m. curfew fails to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus, a member of the French national vaccine committee told BFM TV earlier on Thursday, adding it could be limited to the most vulnerable.

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