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Number of new French coronavirus cases rises again

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, performs a rapid Covid-19 antigenic test on a patient in a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Sautron near Nantes, France, December 7, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

The number of new coronavirus infections over 24 hours in France rose again to 14,595 on Wednesday, from 13,713 on Tuesday, and 14,064 last Wednesday, further crushing government hopes for a fall towards 5,000 per day, which the government has said is one of the requirements to end a nationwide lockdown on Dec. 15.

The seven-day moving average of new cases - which reached a high of 54,440 on Nov. 7 - increased for the fifth day in a row and now stands at 11,369.

The health ministry also reported the number of people who died of COVID-19 in hospitals fell to 296 from 377 on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Chris Reese)

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