France's new Covid-19 cases top 52,000 in latest 24-hour record

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French health authorities on Monday reported 52,518 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, setting a new daily record since the outbreak of the disease, up from 46,290 on Sunday.

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That tally suggests the country's new lockdown is yet to produce its first effects, as hospitalisations for the disease have gone up by more than 1,000 again, reaching a four-month high of 25,143.

The number of people in France who have died from Covid-19 infections rose by to 416, up from 231 on Sunday and a seven-day moving average of 345.

The cumulative number of cases now totals 1,466,433.

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France's 65 million people have been largely confined to their homes since Friday amid a surge in Covid-19 cases that has threatened to overwhelm French hospitals.

The nationwide lockdown will be initially enforced until December 1, though health experts have warned a longer clampdown may be necessary.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)