On Friday, France reported 389 additional deaths linked to the new coronavirus, bringing the death toll in the country to 22,245.
In a daily press briefing, Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon reported on the second week of improving France’s fight against the pandemic, with a significant drop in daily cases and deaths.
Of Friday’s total, 305 deaths occurred in hospitals while 84 were in nursing homes, with a total of 13,852 and 8,393 deaths, respectively.
The number of new hospital patients was also significantly lower with 28,658 registrations, down 561 from Thursday. The number of intensive care patients fell to 4,870, down from 183 patients.
A total of 122,577 people have contracted COVID-19 since the start of the epidemic, while 43,493 have returned home after their recovery.
The foreclosure of France will continue until May 11, when schools gradually open, followed by cafes and restaurants.
Expressing his caution, Salomon stressed that the fight against the virus is not yet finished: “The circulation of the virus remains at a high level, so we must be fully mobilized and respect the barrier gestures. “
COVID-19, a coronavirus disease, originated in China last December and has spread to at least 185 countries and regions around the world. Europe and the United States are currently the most affected regions.
The pandemic has killed more than 194,000 people, with total infections exceeding 2.76 million, while more than 762,000 people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.
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