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France adds 16,642 Coronavirus Cases and 141 Deaths in Hospitals in One Day

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Paris, Jan 17 (EFE) .- France registered 16,642 cases of coronavirus this Sunday and 141 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positives since the beginning of the epidemic to 2.91 million and the number of deaths to 70,283 .
The positivity rate of the tests carried out has risen one tenth in one day, to 6.6%, as indicated by the Public Health Agency in its daily balance on the situation.
In the last seven days there have been 9,631 hospital admissions for complications derived from covid-19, of which 1,418 had to be referred to intensive care units.
As announced last Thursday, the country began this past Saturday a new phase of restrictions that will last at least two weeks and applies an extended curfew throughout the territory, which begins at six in the afternoon, two hours before That so far.
The reinforcement of the fight against the pandemic includes greater controls at the border: from this Monday, all travelers from countries outside the EU must present a negative PCR and agree to respect seven days of quarantine upon arrival.
Starting this Monday, the vaccination campaign, which began among other priority audiences for nursing homes, is also open to all those over 75 years of age and vulnerable high-risk people.
At the moment, 422,127 people have already received their first dose in the country, the Ministry of Health indicated.

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