Prime Minister: French coronavirus situation remains worrying

French Prime Minister Jean Castex holds a press conference in Paris, France January 14, 2021, on French government's strategy for the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Thomas Coex/Pool via REUTERS


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PARIS (Reuters) — The situation regarding the coronavirus epidemic in France remains "worrying," with the infection rate at a high plateau and pressure on hospitals at a high level, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday.

The coronavirus has claimed more than 69,000 lives in France, the seventh highest death toll in the world.

France has the highest count of COVID-19 cases in Western Europe and the fifth in the world, with 2,830,442 in total.

(Reporting by Geert de Clercq, Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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