Coronavirus: France records highest daily death toll of 833

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By BBC 

France has reported 833 new coronavirus deaths in the past day, the highest daily toll since its outbreak began.

The total number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 now stands at 8,911, while the number of infections is 98,010.

"We have not reached the end of the end of the ascent of this epidemic," warned Health Minister Olivier Véran.

Italy's daily death toll also rose on Monday after several days of slowing, but Spain's fell for a fourth day.

Meanwhile, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said the pandemic represented the biggest challenge the European Union had ever faced and that her government was ready to contribute to helping the bloc economically.

The data released by the French health ministry on Monday evening showed that 605 people had died in hospitals during the past 24 hours and another 228 had died in nursing homes - both 10% increases.

"It is not over. Far from that. The path is long. The figures that I have announced show this," Mr Véran said. "Stay at home and continue this confinement effort."

There was nevertheless some positive news, with the number of people being treated in intensive care only rising by 1.3% to 7,072.

Mr Véran said the government would also start a "vast operation" to screen nursing homes, which account for 27% of the death toll, to better protect residents.

France's Equality Minister, Marlène Schiappa, meanwhile said an abuse hotline had been set up for the victims of domestic violence to seek help, as families struggle under lockdown.

 

 

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