France reports 642 additional COVID-19 deaths; the toll touches 19323

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Image source: AP A Chinese entrepreneur wearing a face mask walks in front of Russian students sunbathing in Paris on Thursday, April 16, 2020 during a nationwide confinement to counter COVID-19. (Photo AP / François Mori)

Another 642 people have died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in France, bringing the death toll to 19,323, according to official data on Saturday. According to the French Ministry of Health, the number of people treated in French hospitals has decreased by 551 in the past 24 hours to 30,639. The decrease was faster than that of 115 on Friday, which also marked a drop for the fourth consecutive day.

Another sign that the spread of the disease is slowing after a month-long national lockout since March 17, the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units fell for the tenth consecutive day to 5,833.

“The decline in the need for equipment and human resources in resuscitation is confirmed, but we are still at an exceptional level, well above the usual maximum in France,” said the Ministry of Health in a press release.

France has 5,000 hospital beds with ventilation, local media reported. “Thanks to the mobilization of all, the slow decline is confirmed. Let us redouble our efforts and remain confined, “said the ministry.

“Together, we are stopping the spread of the virus. All together, we will defeat the pandemic. Let’s not let go of our efforts because childbirth pays off, ”he added.

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