France has surpassed two million cases of Covid-19, Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon announced at a press briefing on Tuesday as infections across Europe hit more than 15 million.
Salomon added that there was an “unprecedented number of hospitalizations” amounting to 33,500.
The nation’s Covid-19 death toll now stands at 46,273. France recorded 1,217 Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours – a figure that includes hospital deaths, of which there were 437, and deaths in care homes, which are counted twice a week. Infections rose by 45,422 in the last 24 hours.
France also has 4,854 patients in intensive care who are being treated for the virus, a slight decline on Monday’s figures.
French Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Tuesday the country was regaining control over Covid-19 but was not ready to relax the second national lockdown imposed to rein in the outbreak.
President Emmanuel Macron’s government has set a December 1 target for ending the lockdown, although it might be extended if the numbers do not fall fast enough.