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French health authorities said the number of people hospitalised for Covid-19 has gone beyond the 6,000 threshold on Wednesday, a first since 27 July, while there are still more than 1,000 patients in intensive care units, levels unseen since the beginning of June.

France has reported soaring Covid-19 infections since the beginning of the month. The renewed strain on the country’s hospital system has prompted the government to announce extra restrictive measures on Wednesday, mainly in big cities, to contain the disease.

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The Irish government has imposed tightened Covid-19 restrictions in a second region, banning indoor restaurant dining and non-essential travel in the northwestern county of Donegal a week after similar measures were imposed in Dublin.

Donegal, which has registered over 120 cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days, borders Northern Ireland, which earlier this week tightened Covid-19 restrictions due to a surge in cases.

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