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France reported a daily jump of 112 coronavirus deaths on Sunday taking the nationwide death toll since the start of the pandemic to 674.
The French director general of health Jérôme Salomon on Sunday evening told a press conference that the number of confirmed infections in France now stood at 16,018, compared to 14,459 from the previous day.
"The virus kills and it is continuing to kill," said Salomon.
Among the confirmed coronavirus cases, 7,240 have been hospitalised, of whom 1,746 were in intensive care with 35 percent of these aged under 65.
Late on Sunday the French Parliament adopted a bill allowing the establishment of a "state of health emergency" granting additional powers to the government to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
France went into lockdown on March 17 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.
The fast-spreading disease that jumped from animals to humans in China has now infected 328,275 people across the world and caused 14,366 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, triggering emergency lockdowns and injections of cash unseen since World War Two.
On Sunday, Italy said that 5,476 people had died from the virus there, a third of the world's total as the number of COVID-19 infections neared 60,000.
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