France reports 38,619 COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, a total of 1,787,324 COVID-19 infections have been confirmed, including 40,439 fatalities.
The number of people in hospital with coronavirus rose by 822 to 30,243, getting closer to a peak of 32,113 during the lockdown in the spring. Further 118 patients were placed on ventilators in the last 24 hours, bringing the total in intensive care to 4,539.
On Oct. 30, France went into a new lockdown to curb the brutal virus circulation, forcing non-essential shops, including cafes, restaurants and shops not selling basic foods or medicines, to shut down.
People were ordered to stay home. They have to sign documents if they have to go out to work, buy essential items or for health emergency.
"The measures have allowed to slow down the epidemic progress, but it is too early to judge its effect," French Health Minister Olivier Veran told France Inter radio early on Sunday.