Coronavirus: 1417 people die in 24 hours in France

France has recorded the world's highest daily coronavirus death toll after 1,417 victims died in the past 24 hours.

The leap makes the country the fourth in the world to surpass 10,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Its overall toll now stands at 10,328.

Only Italy (17, 127), Spain (14,045) and USA (12,857) have seen more deaths.

At a news conference today, Jerome Salomon, head of the public health authority, said the figures included 7,091 people who had died in French hospitals and partial data about those who have died in nursing homes.

The new figures show a rise of 16 percent today, up from 10 percent on Monday and seven percent on Sunday.

Monday saw the country's toll rise by 833, the biggest single-day leap before today.

Speaking yesterday, Health Minister Olivier Véran warned: "We have not reached the end of the end of the ascent of this epidemic.

"It is not over. Far from that. The path is long. The figures that I have announced show this.

"Stay at home and continue this confinement effort."

A nationwide lockdown remains in place across France, with most residents allowed outside only to buy essential supplies like food or medicine.

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