Coronavirus Pandemic

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in France over the past 24 hours has exceeded 30,000 for the first time, official data showed on Thursday.

Iran PressEurope: France's public health agency said that a total of 30,621 confirmed cases of Covid-19 had been detected in the past 24 hours, a record daily total.

The number of people who have died from COVID-199 over the past 24 hours stood at 88, bringing the total number of deaths in France since the start of the pandemic to 33,125, AFP reported.

The proportion of people infected out of the total number of those tested rose to 12.6 percent on Thursday from 12.2 percent on Wednesday.

For a number of days now, the number of people admitted to intensive care has also been rising, from 171 new patients on Monday to 226 on Tuesday, 193 on Wednesday, and 219 on Thursday, the data showed.

The number of daily hospitalizations rose to 1,741, 77 more than the day before.

French Health minister Olivier Veran said that France currently has only some 5,800 beds on intensive care wards.

At the height of the pandemic in early April, more than 7,000 coronavirus patients were in intensive care. The number fell sharply until the end of July but has been on the rise again since then.