The number of coronavirus patients in French intensive care units exceeded 1,500 on Monday for the first time since May 27, authorities said, raising fears of another lockdown more stricter being imposed across the country.
The new figure of 1,539 released Monday is more than four times higher than a July 31 low of 371.
There were 8,505 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours in France, data showed.
Prior to the new data, French Prime Minister Jean Castex had said that France was facing a “strong” second wave of COVID-19 infections and that he could not rule out local lockdowns.
Health experts fear the hospital system will be quickly overwhelmed if nothing is done to contain the spread of the new COVID-19 infections. The fear is heightened as there are usually more people hospitalized with various illnesses in the autumn than in the spring
The number of people in France who have died from coronavirus infections rose by 95 to 32,825 on Monday.
As of Monday October 12, France had a total of 743,479 COVID-19 cases.