The numbers of people infected with the new coronavirus and the death toll from disease are climbing in France. The pandemic is holding Europe in the palm of its hand.

With the virus claiming 112 lives in last 24 hours, the death toll has risen to 562, the French Health Ministry said in a statement.

The number of infection cases surged to 14,459, with 6,172 in hospitals and 1,525 of them in intensive care, it added.

Health Minister Olivier Veran is ramping up efforts to acquire the supplies needed to fight the virus, with surgical masks being top priority.

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