France tops 2 million Covid-19 cases

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France has surpassed two million cases of Covid-19, Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon announced at a press briefing on Tuesday as infections across Europe hit more than 15 million.

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France reached the grim milestone of 2,036,755 confirmed cases of Covid-19, Salomon confirmed Tuesday, making it the world’s fourth worst for infections behind the United States, India and Brazil.

Salomon added that there was an "unprecedented number of hospitalisations" amounting to 33,500.

The nation's Covid-19 death toll now stands at 46,273. France recorded 1,217 Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours – a figure that includes hospital deaths, of which there were 437, and deaths in care homes, which are counted twice a week. Infections rose by 45,422 in the last 24 hours.

France also has 4,854 patients in intensive care who are being treated for the virus, a slight decline on Monday's figures.

French Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Tuesday the country was regaining control over Covid-19 but was not ready to relax the second national lockdown imposed to rein in the outbreak.

President Emmanuel Macron's government has set a December 1 target for ending the lockdown, although it might be extended if the numbers do not fall fast enough.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)