09:52 GMT08 March 2021
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    This comes as France's death toll from the new coronavirus infection has exceeded 12,000, according to the country's health ministry.

    Fifty COVID-19 cases have been registered on board France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, the country's defence ministry said. 

    "The tests confirm 50 COVID-19 cases on board. Three sailors have been evacuated on an aircraft, to be taken to a hospital in France," the French Defense Ministry said in a communique.

    Tests have been conducted over suspicions that 40 crew members could be infected.

    The aircraft carrier is on the way to its home port in Toulon, the ministry added.

    On 9 April, the French health ministry confirmed that the death toll from the new coronavirus in the country stood at 12,210.

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