36,020 people have died since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.
47,637 new positive cases have been recorded since Wednesday.
The toll of the coronavirus epidemic in France exceeded the 36,000 death mark on Thursday, on the eve of the entry into force of a new confinement decided by the government to counter a second wave of the disease.
36,020 people have died from infection with the coronavirus, including 250 in the last 24 hours, according to official data published by Public Health France.
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24,659 deaths took place in hospital and 11,361 in nursing homes and medico-social establishments, the data of which are not updated every day.
Increase in resuscitation
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in intensive care or intensive care reached 3,147, with 395 new admissions since the day before and 2,278 over the last seven days.
Taking into account the discharges, the number of Covid-19 patients currently in intensive care has increased by 102 in the past 24 hours.
The number of resuscitation beds, already raised from 5,100 to 5,800 after the first epidemic wave, rose to 6,400 at the start of the week and should soon exceed 7,000, according to the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
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"Whatever we do, nearly 9,000 patients will be in intensive care in mid-November," Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday evening, more than the 7,000 patients affected at the peak of the first epidemic wave in April.
More broadly, 2,607 additional people have been hospitalized for Covid-19 since Tuesday, and 15,786 in seven days.
French hospitals now accommodate 21,160 people infected with the coronavirus.
The positivity rate increases
47,637 new positive cases have been recorded since Wednesday, and the positivity rate increases sharply to 19.4%, against 18.6% the day before and only 4.5% in early September.
Faced with the very strong degradation of all indicators of the epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday evening the return of confinement throughout the national territory at least until December 1, but "schools will remain open, work may continue and the retirement homes can be visited ".