Daily death toll from COVID-19 in France slows to 441

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PARIS: In total, 441 people have died from coronavirus infections in France in the past 24 hours, compared to 588 the day before, announced the director of the Ministry of Health on Saturday.

The number of deaths in French hospitals and retirement homes since the start of the epidemic now stands at 7,560, Jérôme Salomon said at a press conference.

The total number of coronavirus cases in France was 68,605 on Saturday, an increase of 6.6% from the previous day.

Salomon added that 28,143 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 infection. This number showed a net 711 more admissions compared to the day before after 2,111 people were released.

A total of 6,838 severe cases of coronavirus were in intensive care units, he said. In the past 24 hours, 502 new cases have been admitted to intensive care, compared to 641 the day before and 729 on Thursday.

The pressure was easing on the need to find new space in an intensive case, said Salomon. This trend was due to a higher number of departures, and was an important indicator of how hospitals coped and used the available resources.

“The number of people who have recovered is also increasing rapidly, as we have 15,438 people who have been hospitalized healed and thousands more who have been housebound and have also recovered,” said Salomon .

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