France reports more than 50,000 new cases in 24 hours

France now has world's fifth-highest number of cases

France-hospital-covid-nurse-reuters A nurse wearing a protective face mask works in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Robert Ballanger hospital in Aulnay-sous-Bois near Paris as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in France, September 15, 2020. Picture taken September 15, 2020 | REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

France set a record with reporting 52,010 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Sunday. Professor Jean-Franois Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the pandemic said the country may be experiencing 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day.

“There is probably more than 50,000 cases per day. We estimate, on the scientific committee, that we are more in the region of 100,000 cases per day,” he said. The second wave of new cases is surging through Europe, which had combated a bad phase of coronavirus with a stringent lockdown for four months.

The Public Health France (SPF) authority said that 116 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of casualties due to the pandemic to 34,761. 

About two-thirds of the nation is currently under new restrictions Saturday onwards, people are encouraged to stay at home, especially at night, unless they have a good reason to step out. 

France now is ahead of Argentina and Spain to register the world's fifth-highest number of cases after the United States, India, Brazil and Russia. 

In Germany, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said the fight against COVID-19 demanded society's complete focus at the moment. In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has imposed a curfew from 11 pm to 6 am. Hospitals in Geneva, Switzerland, have issued a call for medically trained volunteers and recently retired staff to help tackle a record number of coronavirus patients anticipated in the coming days. Hungary reported 35 new deaths due to the virus on Sunday. Italy is imposing new restrictions with cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools being closed, while, bars and restaurants must stop serving at 6 pm.

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