France passes 2m virus cases, 4th in world

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France has surpassed two million confirmed cases of coronavirus, the fourth-highest total in the world.

The United States leads with 11.2 million cases, followed by India with 8.8 and Brazil with 5.8.

France health chief Jerome Salomon says with 33,500 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the situation is far from good.

However, he suggested the "collective efforts are starting to bear fruit" since the nation returned to a lockdown until at least December 1.

Hospitals are so stretched that 150 patients have been transferred since October 23 to hospitals around France.

The nation added 437 more deaths, increasing the total to 46,273.