Number of ICU patients with COVID-19 in France rising rapidly: Ministry data

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The number of people with the COVID-19 disease in French intensive care units rose by 17 on Wednesday to 4,651, setting a high for 2021 so far, health ministry data showed.

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The health ministry also reported 65,373 new coronavirus infections, more than four times the number of cases registered on Tuesday, after including new data that was not accounted for in a timely way, the ministry said.

“It should therefore not be interpreted as an exponential increase in the number of daily cases, although a general upward trend is observed,” the ministry said.

The number of deaths due to the COVID-19 disease was up by 248 over the last 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 93,180, the ministry said.

Since Friday, a third of France’s population, including the Paris region, has been under a lockdown that is due to last four weeks. Experts say it takes around two weeks for restrictive measures to take effect.

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