More than 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in France in the past 24 hours, according to data provided on Wednesday by Public Health France, a new record since the end of containment in May.
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A total of 5,429 new positive diagnoses were identified against 3,304 on Tuesday, the public body said.
This is the highest figure since testing has been carried out on a large scale. The 4,000 threshold has been crossed several times in recent days.
Prime Minister Jean Castex on Wednesday called on the French “to be responsible” in the face of the resurgence of the epidemic, while outlining the outlines of the economic recovery plan which will be presented next week.
Public Health was not able to specify the number of people hospitalized, the number of people in intensive care and the number of deaths due to “a computer failure”.
On Tuesday there were 4,600 people hospitalized for a COVID-19 infection, including 410 in intensive care, figures still very far from the peak of the epidemic. On the same date, there were 30,544 deaths in France as a result of this disease.