FRANCE has been rocked by almost 10,000 new coronavirus cases in just 24 hours – its highest daily toll since the start of the outbreak.
Medics reported 9,843 new confirmed Covid-19 cases this evening easily beating the previous record of 8,975 set six days ago.
The worrying news comes just a day before a crucial cabinet meeting which will look at imposing new local lockdowns to curb the spike.
President Emmanuel Macron said the summit would give the public a clear idea of what can be expected in the coming weeks.
“We need to be as transparent and clear as possible,” he said.
“We need to be demanding and realistic without giving in to any kind of panic.”
Since the beginning of the month, new cases have soared by an average of 7,292 a day.
That figure blows away the previous record daily average of 3,003 recorded throughout August.