The French public health agency reported on Sunday a record of 52,010 new contaminations due to the coronavirus in 24 hours, nearly 6,600 more than the previous record which dated from the day before (45,422).
The number of patients hospitalized in the past seven days stands, according to the agency, at 12,176 and of these, 1,816 have been admitted to intensive care.
France has recorded 116 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 34,761.
The test positivity rate fell in 24 hours from 16% to 17% (compared to 4.5% in early September) and 141 new foci of infection were counted, bringing the total to 2,321.
In addition, there are 1,298 new hospitalizations during the last day, for a total of 16,454. Of these, about 5,800 are in intensive care, a jump of 191 since Saturday.
The total number of cases of infection since the appearance of COVID-19 in France now stands at 1,138,507, the million mark having been crossed on Friday.
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Since Friday evening at midnight, 54 departments, as well as French Polynesia, or 46 million French people, are now affected by curfew measures intended to contain the second wave of the epidemic.
The French government does not exclude the possibility of a reconfinement, indicated Sunday Cédric O, the secretary of state in charge of the digital transition.
We must absolutely nothing to rule out and see according to the evolution of the epidemic what to do, declared Cédric O on Franceinfo.
Everything is possible, he added.
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, warned Saturday that the toll of the epidemic was expected to increase due to the gap between contaminations and hospitalizations.