28,108 coronavirus deaths in France: ministry

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FILE PHOTO: People walk along the banks of the Seine after France began gradually ending a nationwide lockout due to the epidemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, May 17, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – France reported on Sunday 483 new deaths from coronaviruses, bringing the total to 28,108, as the country emerges from a two-month deadlock.

The figure of 483 deaths, compared to 96 deaths on Saturday, was the highest since April 23. But a spokesperson for the health ministry said it took into account “additional data” provided by local health agencies.

“There is no sudden increase in deaths,” she said.

The figure of 483 includes 429 deaths in retirement homes.

The number of confirmed cases increased to 142,481 on Sunday from 142,291 on Saturday.

The Department of Health said the number of people in hospitals fell to 19,361 from 19,432 on Saturday and the number of people in intensive care units fell to 2,087 from 2,132 on Saturday.

These two figures – key indicators of the French health system’s capacity to cope with the epidemic – have been on a downward trend for four to five weeks and have peaked at more than 32,000 and more than 7,000 respectively from start to mid -April.

Report by Dominique Vidalon; Jean Stephane Brosse, edited by Andrew Heavens

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