France's COVID-19 death toll tops 70,000
Another 21,406 people tested positive for COVID-19 in one day, bringing the cumulative total of cases in the country to 2,894,347.
Over the last seven days, 9,653 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized, including 1,402 who are on ventilator, the agency added.
A curfew starting at 6 p.m., instead of 8 p.m., came into force on Saturday, forcing shops to close two hours earlier and citizens across the country to stay at home until 6 a.m., in a move to contain the virus spread.
France kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination program on Dec. 27, 2020. As of Saturday, 413,046 people have received the first dose, mostly elderly in nursing homes and frontline caregivers and firefighters, according to the Health Ministry.