Coronavirus deaths in France exceed 4000 | The Northern Daily Leader


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French health officials have reported 509 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 4,032, making the country the fourth to exceed the 4,000 death threshold after Italy, Spain and the United States. After accelerating the previous two days, the rate of increase in deaths has slowed Wednesday in France, which is now in its third week of lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. The government’s daily count still only takes into account those who died in hospital, but authorities say they will soon be able to compile data on deaths in retirement homes, which should lead to a sharp increase in recorded deaths. Public health agency director Jerome Salomon said at a news conference that the number of cases had risen to 56,989, an increase of 9.0% from + 17% on Tuesday. Solomon said 6,017 people were in serious condition requiring vital support, up 8.0% from Tuesday. France has increased the number of beds in intensive care units from 5,000 to around 10,000 since the start of the crisis and is climbing to 14,500. Australian Associated Press


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