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France records highest one-day count of COVID-19 cases since April

A COVID-19 patient connected to a breathing tube in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Center Cardiologique du Nord private hospital in Saint-Denis, near Paris, during the coronavirus disease pandemic in France, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – France has recorded 47,177 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed Tuesday, the highest number in a single day since early April at the peak of the third wave of the pandemic.

The latest data pushed the cumulative total of cases in France since the start of the pandemic to 7.67 million and the seven-day moving average of new coronavirus infections well above 32,000.

During the third wave in the spring, the seven-day average rose just above 42,000. On April 8, France registered nearly 85,000 infections.

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Authorities say the vast majority of COVID-19 patients in hospitals have not been vaccinated. About 75% of the French population is fully vaccinated.

The health ministry also reported that the number of coronavirus-infected people in French hospitals rose by 389 on Tuesday to 10,249, the first time the number of patients has surpassed 10,000 since September 12.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care also continued to rise steadily, rising by 75 to 1,824, a 25% increase in just one week.

The cumulative death toll since the start of the pandemic in spring 2020 stood at more than 119,000 late Monday.

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Report by Sophie Louet Writing by Geert De Clercq, editing by Gareth Jones, Catherine Evans and Grant McCool

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