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French coronavirus cases near record levels again, with nearly 14,000 new infections

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk near the Old Port (Vieux Port) in Marseille, France, September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) - France on Thursday reported nearly 14,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, close to the record levels seen last week.

The number of infections rose by 13,970 to a total of 577,505 cases, the health ministry said, more than the 12,845 reported on Wednesday and below a record of 16,096 on Thursday last week.

The number of deaths increased by 63 to 32,019, in line with Wednesday and the trend of the past week.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Frances Kerry