France reports nearly 50,000 virus cases

France will go into a one-month lockdown from Friday amid attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
France will go into a one-month lockdown from Friday amid attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

France has reported 47,637 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, compared to 36,437 on the prior day and a record high of 52,010 on Sunday.

The total number of infections rose to more than 1.28 million.

The death tally increased by 235 to 36,020.

The number of people going into hospital with the virus fell to 976 after three consecutive days of about 1200 hospitalisations per day.

There are now 21,183 people in hospital with COVID-19 compared to a high of more than 32,000 in mid-April.

The number of people in intensive care went up by 111 to 3156.

France will go into a new one-month lockdown starting on Friday.

Australian Associated Press