July 23, 2020 / 5:58 PM / 21 days ago

French coronavirus new cases rise, death toll edges up

A water quality scientist holds a water sample at the Eau de Paris research and analysis laboratories in Ivry-sur-Seine, near Paris, France, July 22, 2020. Scientists study the Paris waste water to detect the concentration of COVID-19 traces as France remains vigilant against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s public health authority said on Thursday there had been a significant rise in confirmed, new cases of people suffering from COVID-19, as the number of deaths in the country edged up.

The number of deaths in France from COVID-19 rose by 10 from the previous day to 30,182 - the sixth highest casualty toll in the world.

The number of confirmed, new cases rose by 1,000, a 66% increase in three weeks, as people adhered less to social distancing measures and increased testing led to the discovery of new clusters in parts of the country.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by John Irish

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