France registers 23,924 new COVID-19 cases, 230 deaths in one day

PARIS, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- France on Saturday reported 23,924 new cases of COVID-19 infection in a 24-hour span, raising the country's cumulative number of confirmed cases to 3,035,181, official data showed.

In the 24 hours, a further 230 people had succumbed to the disease in France, bringing the total death toll to 72,877.

Currently, 25,900 COVID-19 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals, representing a one-day drop of eight. Of those hospitalized, 2,896 need life support, down by six in one day.

So far, one million people in France have received anti-coronavirus vaccine jab, according to the Health Ministry.

The government targets to vaccinate 1.4 million vulnerable people and frontline health workers by the end of January, before extending the vaccination to nearly half of the country's 67 million population as of late May.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in France and other countries with the already-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, 237 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 64 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on Jan. 22.

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