PARIS, April 2 (Xinhua) — France registered 46,677 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the cumulative total to 4,741,759. The death toll increased to 96,280, up by 332 in one day, the health authorities said on Friday.
Currently, 28,729 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, including 5,254 in intensive care, up 148 and 145, respectively, compared to the previous day.
Starting Friday midnight, the whole of France enters a new lockdown to contain COVID-19. On Wednesday evening, President Emmanuel Macron called on the country’s 67 million inhabitants not to leave their homes. Schools will be closed for three weeks, teleworking must become the rule and inter-regional travel will be prohibited for at least one month.