Updated Oct 22, 2020 - World

France becomes 2nd Western European country to top 1M coronavirus cases

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speec at the Seine Saint Denis prefecture headquarters in Bobigny, northeastern suburbs of Paris, on October 20
French President Emmanuel Macron at the Seine Saint Denis prefecture headquarters in Paris, on Tuesday. Photo: Ludovic Marin/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

France has become the second country in Western Europe to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases, Johns Hopkins University data shows

The big picture: France had reported 1,000,369 cases and 34,075 deaths from the coronavirus by Thursday morning, per JHU. French President Emmanuel Macron declared a state of health emergency and imposed a curfew on virus hot spots earlier this month. Spain on Wednesday became the first Western European nation to top 1 million cases.

  • French government officials announced later on Thursday that they were extending its coronavirus 9 a.m. - 6 a.m. curfew to cover 46 million people. The new measures will start midnight on Friday.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the announcement of the new measures.

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