France reports 394 new deaths from Covid and a further 40,000 cases

France recorded 40,558 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday compared to 36,330 on Tuesday and a record 52,518 on Monday, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

The total number of cases rises to 1,543,321, but the ministry added that the number of new cases reported on Wednesday was a minimum due to data collection issues.

The ministry also reported that the number of people who died from the virus rose to 38,674 from 38,289 on Tuesday. It said there were 394 new deaths in hospitals over the past 24 hours.