Coronavirus: France’s new COVID-19 cases slow before possible lockdown loosening

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French health authorities on Monday reported 4,452 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, down from Sunday’s 13,157, with the daily increase decelerating for the fourth day in a row ahead of a possible loosening of the country’s second lockdown.

The Monday figure tends to dip as there are fewer tests conducted on Sundays. The seven-day moving average of new infections, which averages out weekly data reporting irregularities, stands at 21,918, dipping below the 22,000 threshold for the first time since Oct. 17.

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That figure had peaked at 54,440 on Nov. 7.

The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections rose by 501 to 49,233, versus 214 on Sunday. The cumulative number of cases now totals 2,144,660, the fourth highest tally in the world.

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