The death toll from coronavirus in France is 13,832

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PARIS – The death toll in France following the new coronavirus epidemic rose to nearly 14,000 on Saturday, but the number of intensive care patients fell for the third consecutive day, which suggests that a blockage to nationwide slows the spread of the disease.

The number of people in intensive care units fell to 6,883 from 7,004 the previous day, down almost 2%, while the number of people hospitalized practically stabilized at 31,320, up only 53 or 0, 2%, according to ministry data.

The total death toll rose 635 or 5% to 13,832 – with 8,943 dead in hospital and 4,889 in nursing homes – but it was less than Friday, when the total death toll increased 987 as deaths in nursing homes soared.

“We are facing a massive and deadly epidemic, which has reached an unprecedented level,” said director of the ministry of health Jerome Salomon during a daily briefing.

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