France approached the two million cases of COVID-19 on Sunday since the start of the epidemic, a bar that could be crossed on Monday, according to daily figures from Public Health France.
This number of cases climbed to 1,981,827, or 27,228 more in one day, according to health authorities.
A little 18,000 new daily cases would therefore suffice, a figure exceeded every day since the end of October, to reach the two million people infected since the tests were put in place.
The country has recorded 44,548 deaths from the disease, including 302 in hospital in the last 24 hours (up from 359 the day before).
The number of people hospitalized in intensive care is stabilizing, whereas it has not stopped increasing since the beginning of August. The health authorities report 4,880 patients thus hospitalized, therefore in serious condition, against 4,855 the day before and 4,887 the day before.
In 24 hours, 270 people went into intensive care.
The number of people hospitalized on the other hand broke a record, at 33,050. During the epidemic peak of spring, it had reached a maximum of 32,292 in mid-April, when more than 6,500 people were in intensive care.
Public Health France has identified 1,574 new hospitalizations in one day.
The positivity rate fell to 16.9% from 19.8% on Monday.
The effects of the second confinement, which began on October 30, should appear soon, to the point that Prime Minister Jean Castex had mentioned Thursday a possible reopening of “non-essential” businesses from December 1.