France tops 2m Covid-19 cases

France has surpassed two million cases of Covid-19, Director General of Health Jerome Salomon announced at a press briefing on Tuesday, news wires reported.

 

France reached the grim milestone of 2,036,755 confirmed cases of Covid-19, Salomon said. So France became the world’s fourth worst-hit country, behind the US, India and Brazil.

Salomon added that there was an "unprecedented number of hospitalisations" amounting to 33,500. The nation's Covid-19 death toll now stands at 46,273. France recorded 1,217 Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours – a figure that includes hospital deaths, of which there were 437, and deaths in care homes, which are counted twice a week. Infections rose by 45,422 in the last 24 hours.

France also has 4,854 patients in intensive care who are being treated for the virus, a slight decline on Monday's figures.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday the country was regaining control over Covid-19 but was not ready to relax the second national lockdown imposed to rein in the outbreak.

President Emmanuel Macron's government has set a December 1 target for ending the lockdown, although it might be extended.

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