PARIS

After two weeks of a nationwide lockdown and two weeks more to go, France saw Monday the largest jump in deaths related to novel coronavirus as 418 patients died, a top health official said. 

The death toll rose to 3,024 and the number of reported infections reached 44,550, said Jerome Salomon, head of France’s public health service.

Nearly 21,000 patients have been hospitalized across France, 1,592 on Sunday alone. Over 5,000 of those in hospitals are treated in intensive care units with 424 admitted there over the past 24 hours, according to Salomon.

He also said 7,923 patients had

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