The number of people who tested positive for coronavirus in France in the last 24 hours surpassed 30,000 for the first time on Thursday, according to official data.
The French health department said a total of 30,621 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were discovered in the past 24 hours, a record number per day.
The number of people who died from the novel coronavirus in the same 24-hour period was 88, bringing the total number of deaths in France since the pandemic started to 33,125, the agency said.
The so-called positivity rate – the proportion of those infected in the total number of people tested – rose on Thursday from 12.2 percent on Wednesday to 12.6 percent.
President Emmanuel Macron ordered a nightly curfew on Paris and eight other French cities on Wednesday to curb the spread of Covid-19 as daily new infection rates hit alarming record highs.
For a few days now, the number of people admitted to the intensive care unit has risen from 171 new patients on Monday to 226 on Tuesday, 193 on Wednesday and 219 on Thursday.
The number of daily hospital stays rose to 1,741, 77 more than the day before.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said France currently has around 5,800 beds in intensive care units.
At the height of the pandemic in early April, there were more than 7,000 coronavirus patients in intensive care. The number fell sharply until the end of July, but has since increased again.
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