France records highest daily death toll as infections near 100,000

France reported 883 new coronavirus deaths in the past day, its highest daily toll since the outbreak began.

The total number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 now stands at 8,911, while the number of infections is 98,010.

“We have not reached the end of the end of the ascent of this epidemic,” warned Health Minister Olivier Véran.

As per data released on Monday evening showed that 605 people had died in hospitals during the past 24 hours and another 228 had died in nursing homes – both 10% increases.

“It is not over. Far from that. The path is long. The figures that I have announced show this,” Mr Véran said. “Stay at home and continue this confinement effort.”

“We are still in a worsening phase of the pandemic.”

There was nevertheless some positive news, with the number of people being treated in intensive care only rising by 1.3% to 7,072.

Mr Véran said the government would also start a “vast operation” to screen nursing homes, which account for 27% of the death toll, to better protect residents.