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France reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily number since extensive testing began in the country.
The number rose to 10,561 new cases on Saturday, compared with 9,406 new cases the day before on Friday, the French health department said.
Within 24 hours, 17 people died in the hospital for a total of 30,910.
In the past week, a total of 417 new patients were admitted to the intensive care unit – 28 on Saturday, the agency said.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday warned of a "marked deterioration" in the country's outbreak and the recent surge in COVID-19 hospital stays was particularly worrying.
However, he did not announce any major new restrictions and cut the quarantine time for people infected with the virus from 14 to just seven days.
"We must be able to live with this virus without going back to the idea of a general lockdown," he said in a televised statement from his official Paris residence.
Castex himself ended a stint in isolation after testing negative for COVID-19 twice.
Fears were briefly piqued after spending part of last weekend with Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme, who tested positive for COVID-19.
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