Coronavirus deaths in France have slowed for the second consecutive day as the nation records 357 deaths – its lowest daily death rate in a week.
The French government released the latest figures earlier today, which showed 70,478 confirmed cases across the country with a total death toll of 8,078.
The mortality rate includes 5,889 patients who died in hospital and 2,189 people in retirement homes and other medical facilities.
France reported its lowest daily death rate in a week after recording 357 coronavirus deaths. In the photo: medical staff in Bordeaux
He said there are now 28,891 people with coronavirus in French hospitals and 6,978 in intensive care.
The number of patients admitted to intensive care in the past 24 hours was 140, which is also the smallest daily increase in several days.
France has been blocked since March 17 in order to slow the spread of the deadly pathogen.
Only essential travel has been authorized and must be justified by a signed sheet of paper.
France has been blocked since March 17 in order to slow the spread of the deadly pathogen. In the photo: an empty avenue of the Champs Elysées in Paris in the middle of the coronavirus lock
Only essential travel has been authorized and must be justified by a signed sheet of paper. In the photo: French police check the “right to travel” papers in Paris
Officials urged people to continue to follow the lockout rules despite the hot weekend weather at the start of the Easter holidays.
Police checks continued as people across the country were seen to be breaking restrictions on group jogging, gathering in green spaces, and allowing children to play together.
Rural areas have also received vacationers contrary to government containment orders.
“The end of the imprisonment is not yet on the cards, no deadline has been set,” said Laurent Nunez, number two of the Interior Ministry.
“I remind you of the rule … you only go out when it is strictly necessary.
Valérie Pécresse, president of the greater Paris region Ile-de-France, the most affected by the pandemic, added: “It’s the holidays, the weather is good, don’t give in to temptation”.
It comes after 41 patients had to be evacuated from overflowing hospitals in Ile-de-France earlier in the day and taken to Brittany via two specially equipped high-speed trains.
In total, more than 550 patients have so far been evacuated from Ile-de-France and eastern France, which was the first pandemic hotspot.