PARIS (REUTERS) - The tally of new Covid-19 cases in France has accelerated further despite the start of a third lockdown over the weekend, and the number of people in intensive care has hit a new four-month high, health ministry data showed.
France reported 15,792 new coronavirus cases on Monday (March 22), more than double the 6,471 reported last Monday and the highest number on a Monday since the peak of the second wave in early November.
The tally of Covid-19 infections on Mondays is usually a fraction of those recorded on other days due to a lack of weekend testing and reporting.
The number of people in intensive care units (ICUs) with Covi-19 rose by 142, the biggest one-day increase this year, to a new 2021 high of 4,548. During the second lockdown, a maximum of 4,919 people were in ICUs in mid-November.
The new cases pushed the cumulative total of recorded infections in France since the start of the pandemic to 4.29 million. They represent a week-on-week increase of more than 5 per cent, the 14th consecutive increase in the week-on-week rate, which stood at less than 4% on March 9.
France also registered 343 new deaths, pushing the official tally of Covid-19 fatalities to 92,621.