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France sees record new infections as second COVID wave intensifies

France on Friday saw the highest number of COVID cases in 24 hours as the second wave of COVID-19 intensifies in Europe.

According to Reuters, France saw 8,975 new cases on Friday, beating the previous high of 7,578 set on March 31st.

The cases took the cumulative infections in France to 309,156. Dethas have crossed 30,600, one of the highest deaths in Europe.

Second lockdown

The surge came at a time when the President of France, Macron, had been mulling a lockdown. Last week, Macron had urged the public to follow public health guidelines to avoid a lockdown.

The surge in cases has seen France close down 22 schools, with the Education Minister confirming it at an interview on Radio.

Hospitalization increasing

While the number of new infections mostly hit the young, hospitalization has been increasing as cases surge.

Friday saw 28 people needing hospitalization, raising hospitalized COVID patients to  4,671.

This is way below the 32,000 people hospitalised at the peak of the disease. However, that it has been rising for six days in a row is a portending sign.

The high number of cases is way over the few hundreds France was reporting in May – April, after reopening.

The spike of cases in France, Spain, Germany and Italy has dampened hope of fully reopening borders in many European countries.

The second wave

Fear of a second COVID wave is gripping the world as countries pass their first wave.

Infections in some parts of the world have been steadily reducing.

Africa, for example, has seen a reduction of close to twenty per cent in the past four weeks.

However, observers have stated that there could not be the dreadful scenario witnessed in the first wave.

This is because countries now have better preparation. Furthermore, there has been no corresponding increase in deaths in countries witnessing the second wave.

France, for example, has an average mortality rate of 0.22 % over the past week.

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