France has the lowest daily virus count in a week, totaling 8,078

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  • The count included 5,889 patients who died in hospital and 2,189 people in retirement homes and other medical facilities, according to a government statement.

PARIS: France reported on Sunday 357 deaths from coronaviruses in hospitals in 24 hours, the smallest daily increase in a week, bringing the country’s death toll to 8,078.

The count included 5,889 patients who died in hospital and 2,189 people in retirement homes and other medical facilities, according to a government statement.

He said there were now 28,891 people with coronavirus in hospitals in France – up 748 from the previous day – with 6,978 in intensive care – a daily increase of 140, which was also the lower number of days.

France has been blocked since March 17 in order to slow the spread of the epidemic, only essential travel being authorized and having to be justified by a signed paper.

There have been 70,478 confirmed cases of coronavirus in France, but this is not the total because screening for the virus is not universal.

As the country warmed in warm sunshine on Sunday and the Easter holiday season started, officials urged people to continue to follow the lock rules.

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 as rural areas have received vacationers contrary to government containment orders.

“The end of imprisonment is not yet on the agenda, 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. “

“It’s the holidays, the weather is fine, don’t give in to temptation,” insisted Valérie Pécresse, president of the greater Paris region Ile-de-France, the most affected by the pandemic.

Forty-one seriously ill patients were evacuated Sunday from overflowing hospitals in Ile-de-France and brought to Brittany in the north in 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.

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