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France sees highest number of COVID-19 patients coming into hospitals since April

Reuters WORLD
Published October 26,2020
People enjoy the view from Montmartre a few minutes before the nightly curfew imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Paris, France, October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

French hospitals registered 1,307 new coronavirus patients on Monday in the highest one-day increase since April 2, which saw 1,607 new patients, as the health system is coming under increasing stress from a runaway infection rate.

French health ministry data showed that France now has a total of 17,784 coronavirus patients in its hospitals, compared to a high of 32,292 on April 14.

The ministry also reported 26,771 new confirmed coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, from 52,010 on Sunday. On Monday, the tally usually drops sharply because of reporting lags over the weekend.