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French coronavirus cases reach record level with nearly 17,000 new infections

PARIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) - France on Saturday reported nearly 17,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, setting a new daily record.

The number of infections rose by 16,972 to a total of 606,625 cases, the health ministry said, more than the previous record of 16,096 registered last week.

The number of deaths increased by 49 to 32,198.

Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain and Nicolas Delame; Editing by Giles Elgood

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