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France records increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations

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, Dec. 7 (Reuters) – France on Tuesday registered a rise in hospitalizations from COVID-19 as a surge in new infections led to an increase in the number of patients in mid-November.

The Ministry of Health reported that the number of COVID-19 patients in French hospitals rose by 618 to 12,714, the second highest net increase in one day this year behind the net increase of 732 on April 6, when the number of patients exceeded 30,600. lay.

With one of Europe’s highest vaccination rates, a rise in new cases now has less impact on hospital numbers than in the spring.

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France also reported that the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units rose by 160 to 2,351, the second highest increase this year. On April 6, the number of ICs increased by 193 to 5,626.

France also reported 59,019 confirmed new cases of infection, bringing the cumulative total to 7.99 million.

The daily number of new cases remained below the peaks of more than 60,000 seen in the spring, but the seven-day moving average of new infections rose to a new-year high of more than 44,500 per day, although the rate of increase – at less than 40% per day week-on-week – was less than the over 80% seen two weeks ago.

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Reporting by Geert De Clercq Editing by David Goodman, Angus MacSwan, William Maclean

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