New COVID-19 cases and deaths rise sharply in France

French hospitals faces second wave of COVID-19 patients
French hospitals faces second wave of COVID-19 patients

PARIS (Reuters) - The number of confirmed new COVID-19 cases and deaths in France rose sharply in the last 24 hours, according to French health ministry data published on Saturday.

France registered 32,095 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours to reach a total of 1,954,599. Deaths in hospitals in France from COVID-19 rose by 359 over the previous 24 hours to reach a total of 44,246 so far.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Editing by Timothy Heritage)