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France’s second wave grows, with daily COVID-19 cases passing 10,000 for first time

Paris: France has had 10,561 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health authorities said on Saturday, a new daily record as the number topped 10,000 for the first time.

The latest daily count, surpassing the previous record of 9843 new infections reported on Thursday, highlights a resurgence of the disease in France.

Friends have a drink together at a bar in Marseille, southern France, on Saturday, September 12, as new daily cases of COVID-19 passed 10,000 for the first time.

Friends have a drink together at a bar in Marseille, southern France, on Saturday, September 12, as new daily cases of COVID-19 passed 10,000 for the first time. Credit:AP

The rise led the government to outline additional measures on Friday to avert a return to the general lockdown put in place earlier in the year. Prime Minister Jean Castex promised steps to speed up tests and toughen local measures in high-infection zones. On Friday he said his government was not planning a nationwide lockdown.

The Prime Minister himself came out of isolation on Saturday after testing negative for COVID-19, a week after being in contact with someone who had a positive result, his office said. Castex had already tested negative for COVID-19 since sharing a car last weekend with the director of the Tour de France cycle race, who later tested positive.

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