France lodged a new high in daily fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Monday with 833 new deaths, bringing total to 8,911.
The number of confirmed cases rose to 74,390, with 54,036 currently in the hospital, 7,072 under intensive care and 17,250 having recovered.
The daily death toll had registered declining numbers over the past two days.
In his daily press briefing, Minister of Health Olivier Veran announced a vigilant and “vast screening operation” in nursing homes. Until recently, the numbers coming out of nursing homes had not been counted alongside the overall number of fatalities.