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Coronavirus live news: French ICU patients at highest level this year; half of all UK adults vaccinated


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12.45am GMT

The number of people in intensive care units with Covid-19 in French hospitals has risen by 66 to 4,353, a new 2021 high, the health ministry reported on Saturday.

The number of new positive cases remained on a steadily increasing trend, up by 35,327 to 4.25 million, following an increase of 35,088 on Wednesday.

The virus’ cumulative death toll rose by 185 to 92,167 compared with a rise of 285 on Thursday.

In a separate statement, the ministry said that by Saturday 6.14 million people had received a first Covid vaccine shot, accounting for 9.2% of total population and 11.7% of the adult population.

Nearly a third of French people entered a month-long lockdown on Saturday as the government aims to contain the spread of the virus in the Paris region and parts of northern France.

12.33am GMT

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan.

Here are the key developments from the last few hours:

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