July 20 (Reuters) - France/COVID:
* French Health Minister Olivier Veran told a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday that the latest figures given to him today by the country’s SPF health body had shown a total of 18,000 people ill with the COVID-19 virus in France
* On July 19, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said that a fourth wave of the COVID virus was already underway in France.
* Full daily COVID-19 figures due to be published later on Tuesday (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)
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