France reports over 19,000 fresh COVID-19 infections

PARIS, Jan 2 — France reported 19,348 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing total infections to 2.6 million, Anadolu Agency reported.

Fatalities rose to 64,765 with 133 additional deaths. The positivity rate is currently at 3.8 per cent.

Of 7,242 patients receiving treatment at hospitals in the past seven days, 1,133 are in intensive care.

Because of rising cases, a curfew would be extended in 15 departments across four high-risk regions beginning Saturday, according to government spokesman Gabriel Attal.

They include Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardennes, Doubs, Jura, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Haute- Saone, the Vosges, the Territoire de Belfort, Moselle, Nievre and Saone-et-Loire.

Health Minister Olivier Veran noted Wednesday that daily cases are not increasing but are still at a very high level.

— BERNAMA

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