France recorded a record 10,561 new confirmed cases of coronavirus as the country’s second wave showed no sign of slowing.
It is a new daily record as the number topped 10,000 for the first time, and it is more than three times the new infection total announced by the UK on Saturday.
When France announced its latest figures, they were the fourth highest new case total announced so far during the day, behind India (94,409), the US (22,730) and Brazil (13,971).
Spain, which had a daily record with 12,184 new cases on Friday, had not yet announced its figures.
The latest daily count in France, surpassing the previous record of 9,843 new infections reported on Thursday, highlights a resurgence of the disease there.
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The rise led the government to outline additional measures on Friday to avert a return to the general lockdown put in place earlier in the year.
Prime Minister Jean Castex promised steps to speed up tests and toughen local measures in high-infection zones.
In its daily update, the French health ministry also reported that 772 clusters were being investigated, an increase of 86 in the past 24 hours.
Over the past week, there had been 2,432 arrivals in hospital for Covid-19, including 417 entries into intensive care units, the ministry said.
The death toll since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak this year in French hospitals and nursing homes has reached 30,910, with 17 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, it added.
Meanwhile, more than 3,000 coronavirus cases were recorded in the UK for the second day in a row as a top scientist, Sir Mark Walport, warned that the country is “on the edge of losing control” of Covid-19.
It is the first time since mid-May that recorded cases have been above 3,000 on consecutive days, and the figures come as the public is urged not to have a “party weekend” before the “rule of six” restrictions come into force on Monday.
The Government said that as of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 3,497 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, slightly lower than the 3,539 cases recorded on Friday.
The Government dashboard said a further nine people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday. This brings the UK total to 41,623, the fifth-highest death toll in the world and the highest in Europe.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,400 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.