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French health authorities reported 89 new deaths from coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total to 264 or an increase of almost 51 percent, a much more marked rise than recently seen as the country was in its second day of a lockdown aimed at containing the outbreak.
At a press briefing Wednesday evening, French health agency director Jerome Salomon added the number of coronavirus cases had risen to 9,134, up from 7,730 on Tuesday, which is a rise of 18 percent in 24 hours.
Salomon said 931 people were in a serious condition, needing life support.
The spike came as the country experienced the second day of a lockdown, with around 100,000 police and gendarmes deployed across the country to enforce the new measures, with people only allowed to leave home for officially sanctioned reasons such as going to work, shopping for necessities or getting medical treatment.