France's new COVID-19 infections start creeping up again

Women wear protective face masks while walking down steps on the Passerelle Debilly footbridge in Paris, France, February 21, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

PARIS, March 8 (Reuters) - French health authorities reported 93,050 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the highest daily total since Feb 22, and an increase of 16.6% versus a week ago.

The number of new daily infections has now shown a week-oneweek rise for the fourth consecutive day, reversing a declining trend that started end January.

The daily COVID-19 death toll increased by 167, to 139,618, versus a rise of 176 on Monday.

The number of people hospitalised with the disease fell by 309, to 21,899, a low point since early January.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by GV De Clercq

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