PARIS (dpa-AFX) – In France, almost 41,000 people have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In the past 24 hours, 551 corona deaths had been counted in clinics, said health director Jérôme Salomon on Monday evening in Paris. This increased the number of deaths to exactly 40,987. “The second wave (of the epidemic) is spreading further,” he said. France is one of the countries that has been particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis.
The number of infections rose in the country with around 67 million inhabitants by more than 20,100 within one day. In France, exit restrictions apply to citizens in order to curb the number of new infections. In front of journalists, Salomon reacted cautiously to the announcement by the Mainz company BioNTech and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer that a decisive step towards an effective corona vaccine had been achieved. “You have to be extremely careful when interpreting the data,” he said when asked ./cb/DP/he