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25 oct. 2020 | 19h56 UTC

France: Health authorities record highest daily rise of COVID-19 cases October 25 /update 49

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Health authorities record daily rise of COVID-19 cases on October 25; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 25/10/2020, 12h00 until 1/11/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Public Health France reported a record daily rise in cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday, October 25, with 52,010 positive infections over the previous 24-hours. The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 1,130,081 with 34,673 associated fatalities. As a result of the record rise in cases, the French parliament will be voting on Wednesday, October 28, to extend the state of health emergency until February 16, 2021. A night-time curfew between 21:00 - 06:00 (local time) has been introduced in 54 departments following the significant increase in cases in the country.  

Under the measure, people will only be permitted to leave their homes for essential purposes such as hospital visits and critical work duties during the curfew. A fine may be given to those who violate the curfew. The new curfews are expected to be in place until at least December 1.  

France is now the second country in Western Europe to hit over one million cases. It also has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world behind the US, India, Brazil, and Russia.

Further international spread of the virus is to expected.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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