Coronavirus deaths in France reach more than 28,500 cases, cases slow


FILE PHOTO: A patient with coronavirus (COVID-19) is treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital in Vannes during the coronavirus epidemic in France, May 6, 2020. REUTERS / Stephane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s coronavirus death toll rose by less than 100 for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday, although retirement home data is included again, raising hopes that the worst of the pandemic has passed for the country.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to detail Thursday the new measures to lift the blocking, which could lead to the reopening of bars and restaurants in certain regions of France, which has now reported 28,530 deaths from coronaviruses, the fourth highest in the world .

The French Ministry of Health indicated that the number of deaths had increased by 83, or 0.3%, in hospitals, to 18,195. But it lowered the toll in nursing homes to 10,335, 10 less as of its last publication, after a technical revision.

The number of deaths increased on average daily by 910 between April 1 and April 15 as France struggled to contain the epidemic of coronavirus that swept the world.

In a statement, his Department of Health said the number of new confirmed cases was up from 276 to 145,555, or 0.2%, in line with the rate last week and slower than the week before.

At the same time, the number of patients hospitalized for coronavirus decreased by 534, or 3.2%, to 16,264, the sharpest rate of decline in almost three weeks. Critical care patients fell from 54 to 1,555, continuing a six-week declining trend.

The two figures, key indicators of the capacity of the French health system to cope with the pandemic, peaked at more than 32,000 and 7,000 respectively, from the beginning to mid-April.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Alexander Smith

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