PARIS: French health authorities say France has recorded over 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number of known infections.
The national health agency released new figures showing that tests had confirmed at least 1,041,075 cases in France this year, including 42,032 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
Experts say the real numbers of infections are probably much higher than the ones governments around the world are reporting because of a lack of tests early in the pandemic, asymptomatic cases and other issues.
Like other countries in Europe, France has seen its daily case counts rise sharply in recent weeks as the virus rebounds in Europe.
Speaking earlier Friday after visiting a hospital in Pontoise, a suburb north of Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said the epidemic is very strongly accelerating.
France has reported over 34,000 virus-related deaths, one of the highest tolls in Europe.
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