French coronavirus cases set new 24-hour record with nearly 27,000 infections

The number of new coronavirus infections in France jumped over 26,000 in one day for the first time since the start of the epidemic, health ministry data showed on Saturday.

The ministry reported 26,896 new coronavirus infections, taking the cumulative total to 718,873 since the start of the year. The number of deaths from the virus increased by 54 to 32,684.

France’s health minister on Thursday announced that Lyon – the country’s third-biggest city – and three other cities would have to close bars, as Paris and Marseille have done, to help stem the spread as Covid-19 case numbers continue to climb.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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