France's daily coronavirus cases pass 10,000 for first time

France recorded 10,561 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which is a new daily record, health authorities said. The number topped 10,000 for the first time. The latest daily count, surpassing the previous record of 9,843 new infections reported on Thursday, highlights a resurgence of the disease in France.

In its daily update, the French health ministry also reported that 772 clusters were being investigated, an increase of 86 in the past 24 hours. Over the past week, there had been 2,432 arrivals in hospital for COVID-19, including 417 entries into intensive care units, the ministry said.

The rise led the government to outline additional measures on Friday to avert a return to the general lockdown put in place earlier in the year. PM Jean Castex promised steps to speed up tests and toughen local measures in high-infection zones. The death toll since the start of the pandemic this year in French hospitals and nursing homes has reached 30,910, with 17 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.

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