Coronavirus death toll in France once again exceeds that of Spain


PARIS (Reuters) – The cumulative number of deaths from coronaviruses in France has slightly exceeded that of Spain, the Ministry of Health said that the number of people who died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours had increased by 351 or 1.3% to reach 27,425.

A walk in front of a fresco by the street artist Ardif, to thank the caregivers and workers who were on the front line during the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Paris, France, May 14, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

Spain reported 217 new deaths earlier Thursday, bringing its death toll to 27,321. France’s record first surpassed that of Spain on Tuesday, but fell below it on Wednesday.

France has the fourth highest death toll in the world after the United States (83,720), Great Britain (33,186) and Italy (31,106). Brazil, whose number of victims is increasing rapidly, has the sixth largest number of deaths with 13,149 deaths.

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in France increased from 622 to 141,356 Thursday, up 0.4% and on the eighth consecutive day when the number of cases increased by about half a percentage point or less.

“The COVID-19 epidemic remains active and the virus is still circulating in France,” the ministry said in a statement on the fourth day after the isolation ended.

France experienced its smallest increase in infection rate on Sunday, the last day of the 55-day closure, when the number of new infections increased by 209 (or 0.3%), which was the lowest since much before the closure of March begins. 17.

At the height of the epidemic on March 31, France registered 7,578 new infections in 24 hours. The government has said it could be subject to selective lockdown again if daily infection rates again exceed 3,000.

Between March 23 and April 11, France recorded an average of nearly 4,000 new infections a day, and the infection rate only fell below the 3,000 threshold after a month of strict national prohibition.

In addition to confirmed cases, France has also reported nearly 40,000 probable cases in nursing homes.

The Department of Health also reported that the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 infection dropped from 608 to 20,463 on Thursday and the number of people in intensive care fell from 129 to 2,299.

These two figures – key indicators of the ability of the French health system to cope with the epidemic – have been trending down for several weeks and peaked at more than 32,000 and more than 7,000 respectively from start to mid- April.

France announced Thursday a € 18 billion ($ 19 billion) support program for its virus-affected tourism industry, which accounts for nearly 8% of gross domestic product and has attracted nearly 90 million foreign visitors Last year.

(This story has been archived to remove unnecessary words from the title)

Report by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Toby Chopra

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