France: more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and 10 outbreaks in 24 hours

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Paris | The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus, in France, continues to increase, with “more than 1000” in one day and “10 new” outbreaks of grouped cases detected since the day before, announced Thursday the General Directorate of Health (DGS ).

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The ministry has observed an acceleration trend in recent weeks, with 26% more cases compared to last week, against 18% and 11% increase in previous weeks, in France excluding Guyana.

“This underlying trend indicates that our recent habits” (relaxation of the application of barrier gestures, increase in the number of risky contacts …) “have been promoting the circulation of the virus for several weeks already”, he underlines in a statement.

“At the slightest symptom, it is more than ever necessary to be screened by virological test, isolating yourself before even having an appointment and then waiting for the result”, to prevent “chains of transmission, sometimes important, are formed “and prevent” the epidemic to rebound “, he adds.

The epidemic has killed 10 people since Wednesday in hospitals, bringing the total number of deaths to 30,182 people.

Since May 9, 570 pooled cases (or clusters) were detected, but 361 are “closed”, notes the DGS. 209 outbreaks are therefore still active on July 23, including 10 new ones detected since the day before.

A cluster is defined by the occurrence of at least three confirmed or probable cases, within a period of 7 days, which belong to the same community or have participated in the same gathering.

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