Figures plummet in battle against coronavirus

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Wednesday evening, the number of coronavirus in France evolved in a positive direction because the number of hospitalized people and people in intensive care decreased, declared Jérôme Salomon, director general of health.

On Wednesday, the number of deaths in France in hospitals rose to 524 and in nursing homes 924, for a total of 10,643 deaths and 6,524 deaths respectively. A total of 106,206 people remain infected in the Republic, Salomon said in a daily press briefing.

The figures for treatment on Tuesday were a very positive sign: 31,779 people remain in hospital, down 513 from the previous day, and the number of intensive care units was 6,457, down 273 from Tuesday.

Overall, 17,167 lives have been lost since the start of record keeping in France on March 1, while 30,955 people have returned home after recovering from the virus.

“We have to welcome this while remaining very careful,” said Salomon.

He added that after a month of incarceration, the French have reached a very good plateau, but should nevertheless continue to stay at home, continue the measures of social distancing, as well as the practice of barrier gestures, like wash hands and resist touching eyes, nose and mouth.

The original date for ending the foreclosure of France – April 15 – was extended by President Emmanuel Macron in a televised address to the nation from Monday evening to May 11. Plans are in place for the opening of schools, daycares and businesses, followed by cafes, bars and restaurants.

Worldwide, there are just over 2 million cases of coronavirus with more than 130,000 deaths reported. Half a million people have also recovered from the coronavirus since the epidemic was first kept, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

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