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France has registered 111 deaths in hospitals on Tuesday – the first time since 1 June that the daily toll was more than 100, Reuters reports, citing health ministry data.

The news agency said the figures took the cumulative death toll since the start of the epidemic to 112,844. The seven-day moving average of deaths increased to 72, from 66 on Monday and fewer than 20 per day at the end of July. France also reported that there were 1,953 people in intensive care units.

Relatives of a grandmother in her 50s, who has been left brain damaged and paralysed from the neck down after contracting Covid-19, are embroiled in a life-support treatment court battle in London.

Specialists treating the woman, who is in a minimally conscious state, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge say they can do nothing more to improve her condition. Hospital bosses have asked a judge to rule that the woman, who is on a ventilator and has underlying health problems, should be allowed to die.

It is the most extreme example of its kind, and it is the first time in the whole of the pandemic that I have been asked to make an end-of-life decision in relation to Covid-19. It is the first time a court has been asked to consider an end-of-life case, as a result of Covid.

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