France, fourth country to cross the milestone of 10,000 coronavirus deaths


FILE PHOTO: A woman with a protective mask passing in front of the Eiffel Tower is represented through raindrops on a car window on the Place du Trocadéro in Paris during a lock imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease ( COVID-19) in France, April 6, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France officially recorded more than 10,000 deaths from coronavirus infections on Tuesday, becoming the fourth country to exceed this threshold after Italy, Spain and the United States, while the rate of increase in deaths is increasing for the second day of operation.

During a press conference, Jérôme Salomon, head of the public health authority, said that the number of people who died from the disease in French hospitals had increased by 9% in one day to reach a cumulative total of 7 091, compared with 10% on Monday.

But he added that, including partial data on the number of people who died in nursing homes, the total number of deaths from the disease rose to 10,328 from 8,911 on Monday, a 16% increase from 10 % Monday and 7% Sunday.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Franklin Paul

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