More than 2,500 new coronavirus cases were registered in France in 24 hours in the sharpest increase since May, government data showed on Wednesday, as officials said indicators were â€œclearly worseningâ€.
Of 600,000 tests over the past week, more than 11,600 were positive, the health ministryâ€™s DGS public health division said.
At 2.2 percent, the weekly rate of positives was up from 1.6 percent the week before, confirming â€œincreased viral circulationâ€, it added.
â€œIndicators used for tracking the epidemic on French territory have clearly worsened in recent days,â€ the DGS said.
With August traditionally a month when many French people take weeks of summer holiday, â€œitâ€™s imperative that we keep up our efforts to avoid the epidemic picking up again, individually and collectively, everywhere and at all timesâ€, the DGS said.
Health officials identified 18 new virus clusters in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 896 nationwide.
But the number of patients in intensive care dropped slightly to 379, a level relatively steady since late July.
Almost 30,400 people have died of coronavirus in France since the epidemic began, the third-heaviest toll in Europe after Britain and Italy.