France has seen its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began as a record 13,498 infections were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

This leaves the country’s cumulative total at 442,194 with the seven-day moving average of new infections at 9,700. 

That compares with the significantly lower figure of 272 at the end of May, two weeks after the lockdown was lifted.

Although epidemiologists think the high numbers are because the virus is spreading they also concede that the increase in testing after testing was made free has contributed to the large number of cases. 

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The total number of people in France who have died from coronavirus was raised to 31, 274 when 26 new deaths were reported today. 

This was significantly lower than the number of deaths reported on Friday, when the daily number jumped to higher levels than usual due to unreported cases in a hospital near Paris. 

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It comes as France imposed stricter restrictions in Marseille and Bordeaux, including limiting beach gatherings, visiting care homes and outdoor public events. 

People in Lyon and Nice, which have also been classified as ‘red zones’, are also expecting tighter restrictions to be announced.

France’s health minister said local authorities had to submit their plans for new rules by Thursday. 

Spain is also battling a rise in coronavirus cases, with parts of Madrid going into lockdown this week.

The Spanish capital accounts for one-third of the country’s total infections and deaths. 

In some areas infections have soared past 1,000 per 100,000 people. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

On Friday, Boris Johnson also admitted a second wave was coming to the UK and that coronavirus hitting the country again was ‘inevitable’.

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