France reports 4,711 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Thursday, a post-lockdown record and a level last seen during the height of the epidemic in France, but the number of people in hospital with the disease fell.
During lockdown, France saw a peak of 7,578 infections per day on March 31, but since then, there have been only a few days when the number of new infections per day rose above 4,500, all in the first half of April.
The government has said this is due to the fact that the virus is now mainly circulating among young people, who typically do not develop serious symptoms.
France reported 12 new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, in line with a moving weekly average in the low single digits.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in retirement homes has dropped off sharply. It had soared from a total of less than 1,000 in early April to over 10,000 by May 14. It slowly rose to 10,500 by mid-July and has been stable since then.