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France's new COVID-19 cases and deaths on the rise

PARIS, Oct 13 (Reuters) - French health authorities on Tuesday reported 12,993 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, up on Monday’s 8,505, but still sharply down from Saturday’s record of 26,896 and Sunday’s 16,101.

But the seven-day moving average of new infections, which averages out weekly data reporting irregularities, stood above the record 17,000 level for the second day running, at 17,816.

French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a press conference on Wednesday, where he might unveil new measures such as local curfews, to contain the disease.

The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections rose by 117 to 32,942, versus 95 on Monday. The cumulative number of cases now totals 756,472. (Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chris Reese)

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