France records 10, 000 new coronavirus cases in one day

(BBC) — France has reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases as the country struggles to contain a fresh surge in infections.

On Saturday health authorities said there were 10,561 new cases, rising by more than 1,000 from Friday’s figures.

The numbers of people admitted to hospital and intensive care are also increasing.

A group of doctors have urged people to avoid private gatherings amid the fresh outbreak.

“After the joy of reuniting this summer, it’s time to be careful in the private world,” the doctors said in a column published in Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.

“The smaller a room, the more people it contains, the less airy it is, the more you increase the risks.”

Infection rates have risen for all age groups since June, but officials say the increase is particularly significant among young adults.

France is one of several European countries to see a surge in new cases.