France reports 186 new coronavirus deaths, bringing total to 860

French soldiers, wearing protective face masks, install tents with intensive care units at a military field hospital near Mulhouse hospital as France faces an aggressive progression of the coronavirus disease, March 23, 2020. (Reuters)

French health authorities reported 186 new deaths from coronavirus on Monday, taking the total to 860 or an increase of 28 percent, with the toll rising more sharply than the last three days as the country is about to enter its second week of lockdown.

During a press conference, Health Minister Olivier Veran added the number of cases had risen to 19,856, which is a rise of about 20 percent in 24 hours.

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Veran said 2,082 people were in a serious condition needing life support, up 19 percent compared to Sunday, another increase compared to the last three official tallies.

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