The number of new cases of coronavirus in France is increasing, raising fears that an eighth wave of COVID-19 could be reached at the end of the summer, reported AFP.

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A day ago, the French authorities registered 33,263 new cases of the virus.

By comparison, a week earlier new cases were 19,866, an increase of 67 percent.

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During the week from September 5 to 11, the number of tests performed also increased by 9 percent - 852,500 tests were performed during this period.

However, what is happening is not a precedent.

At the same time last year, when the new school year began, the Delta variant of the coronavirus caused an autumn-winter wave, notes AFP.

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