Coronavirus: France reports nearly 17,000 new COVID-19 cases

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France on Saturday reported nearly 17,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, setting a new daily record.

The number of infections rose by 16,972 to a total of 606,625 cases, the health ministry said, more than the previous record of 16,096 registered last week.

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The number of deaths increased by 49 to 32,198.

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On Thursday, France called for 25,000 adult volunteers to enroll in a series of large-scale clinical trials aimed at evaluating the safety and efficacy of several COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

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