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France reports 108 new coronavirus deaths in last 24 hours

French authorities reported 108 deaths over the last 24 hours from the Covid-19 coronavirus, a 41 percent increase that brings the total dead in France to 372. The spike in fatalities comes as France enters a third day of total lockdown, with only essential movement permitted.

In addition to the swift rise in deaths, reported cases of the deadly virus hit 10,995 on Thursday, up from 9,134 the day before. More than 1,000 of these patients require life support.

“The number of infections is doubling every four days,” Jerome Salomon tells reporters, adding that the virus is spreading in France “rapidly and intensely.” — AFP