Coronavirus circulation higher in France since deconfinement

Someine washing their hands with water. Coronavirus circulation has increased in France since deconfinement.
Santé Public France says the public must continue to use barrier measures, such as washing hands, to prevent the virus circulating.

Factors suggesting that the virus is circulating at a higher rate include a rising R number and an increase in the number of people per month calling medical helpline SOS Médecins with Covid-19-related queries.

Numbers from health body Santé Publique France show that France’s R number (R Zéro), which represents the infection rate of Covid-19 has risen following deconfinement in France. 

Before confinement, France’s R number was at 3.3, meaning one person infected with Covid-19 infected on average 3.3 others. Experts and the government aimed to get the R number below 1, as at this level so few people are being infected that the ...

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