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 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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