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Official figures show the number of reported cases of coronavirus in France have risen 18% in the last 24 hours, with 9,134 infections.

French authorities say 175 people also died during the period, bringing the total death toll to 264.

The fast-spreading disease that jumped from animals to humans in China has now infected over 212,000 people and caused 8,700 deaths in 164 nations, triggering emergency lockdowns and injections of cash unseen since World War Two.

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