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France reports more than 30,000 new coronavirus infections, setting new 24-hour record



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France’s daily Covid-19 infections has jumped above 30,000 for the first time since the virus became an epidemic in the country.

There were a total of 30,621 new infections over the past 24 hours, up on Wednesday’s 22,591, while hospitalisations and deaths linked to the disease also increased.

It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered a nightly curfew in Paris and eight other big cities where the coronavirus is rampant.

The number of people in France who have died from coronavirus rose by 88 to 33,125, versus 104 on Wednesday. The cumulative number of cases now totals 809,684.

France: Coronavirus lockdown – In pictures

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The empty Place Charles de Gaulle with the Arc de Triomphe

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Place de la Bastille during confinement due to the coronavirus outbreak in Paris

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French resistance: Emmanuel Macron announcing tough measures against Covid-19

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The Eiffel Tower is seen next to a board that reads: “In the context of the COVID-19 the Eiffel Tower closes today from 9pm for an indefinite period of time”

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Drastic action: Paris yesterday before the whole of the French population was told to stay home

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An employee walks in the Musee du Louvre in Paris, undefinitely closed to the public

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Deserted Hotel de Ville

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The Louvre Museum

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An empty Disneyland Paris

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A French policeman walks down steps at The Sacre Coeur Basilica

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is seen on a TV screen as he speaks from his office during the evening news broadcast of French public television channel France 2, on March 17, 2020, in Paris, on the day a strict lockdown

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Police officers question people walking in public after a government enforced quarantine

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Police officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower during a government enforced quarantine

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An empty railway station, in Strasbourg, eastern France

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A deserted Concorde

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An empty street leading to the deserted place Vendome in Paris

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A police officer wearing a facemask for protectove measures, contols a man near to the Barbes Market

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Two motorcycle police officers patrol near the empty Grand Place in Lille, northern France

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Police officers partol the area of the Esplanade du Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

AFP via Getty Images

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Police officers check a pedestrian in Boulogne Billancourt

AP

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A Police Nationale officer gestures and talks to a man on the “Promenade des Anglais” in the French Riviera city of Nice

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French police officers check cyclists in front of the Arc de Triomphe as lockdown is imposed

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A policeman checks people’s documents as they sit in their car near the beach of seaside resort town of Deauville in Normandy

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police’s vehicle is parked in front of the Barbes Market as people arrive to do their grocery shopping

AFP via Getty Images

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A view of the empty La Defense square

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The empty Place Charles de Gaulle with the Arc de Triomphe

AP

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Place de la Bastille during confinement due to the coronavirus outbreak in Paris

AP

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French resistance: Emmanuel Macron announcing tough measures against Covid-19

AFP via Getty Images

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The Eiffel Tower is seen next to a board that reads: “In the context of the COVID-19 the Eiffel Tower closes today from 9pm for an indefinite period of time”

REUTERS

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Drastic action: Paris yesterday before the whole of the French population was told to stay home

AFP via Getty Images

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An employee walks in the Musee du Louvre in Paris, undefinitely closed to the public

AFP via Getty Images

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Deserted Hotel de Ville

Getty Images

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The Louvre Museum

Getty Images

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An empty Disneyland Paris

PA

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A French policeman walks down steps at The Sacre Coeur Basilica

AFP via Getty Images

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is seen on a TV screen as he speaks from his office during the evening news broadcast of French public television channel France 2, on March 17, 2020, in Paris, on the day a strict lockdown

AFP via Getty Images

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Police officers question people walking in public after a government enforced quarantine

Getty Images

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Police officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower during a government enforced quarantine

Getty Images

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An empty railway station, in Strasbourg, eastern France

AFP via Getty Images

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A deserted Concorde

AFP via Getty Images

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An empty street leading to the deserted place Vendome in Paris

AFP via Getty Images

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A police officer wearing a facemask for protectove measures, contols a man near to the Barbes Market

AFP via Getty Images

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Two motorcycle police officers patrol near the empty Grand Place in Lille, northern France

AFP via Getty Images

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Police officers partol the area of the Esplanade du Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

AFP via Getty Images

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Police officers check a pedestrian in Boulogne Billancourt

AP

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A Police Nationale officer gestures and talks to a man on the “Promenade des Anglais” in the French Riviera city of Nice

AFP via Getty Images

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French police officers check cyclists in front of the Arc de Triomphe as lockdown is imposed

REUTERS

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A policeman checks people’s documents as they sit in their car near the beach of seaside resort town of Deauville in Normandy

AFP via Getty Images

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police’s vehicle is parked in front of the Barbes Market as people arrive to do their grocery shopping

AFP via Getty Images

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A view of the empty La Defense square

AP

Patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) now total 1,750, an increase of 77 in 24 hours.

The French government has declared a public health state of emergency.

The curfews in the capital and elsewhere will take effect from Saturday, and will run daily from 9:00pm until 6:00 am the following morning.

Mr Macron said curfews would be imposed in the greater Paris region, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier and five other cities. They will remain in place for four weeks.

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“We have to react,” he said in an interview on national television.

The president said France had not lost control of the virus, but added: “We are in a worrying situation.”

France previously declared a public health state of emergency in March this year, when hospitalisations caused by the epidemic were near their peak.

At the time, the authorities used their extra powers to order people to stay at home except for essential work, buying food or taking one hour of daily exercise.

The state of emergency was lifted in mainland France in July, after the number of Covid-19 cases subsided.

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