Darkest Day Yet For France As A Record 499 People Die From Coronavirus In Last 24 Hours

France has reported its darkest day yet with a record 499 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, taking the country's total death toll to 3,523.

This marks the biggest jump in deaths since the start of the pandemic. France has a total of 52,128 cases of COVID-19, according to official figures. 

There are now 22,757 people hospitalised in France with COVID-19, with 5,565 of them in intensive care, health official Jerome Salomon told reporters in his daily update.