Coronavirus: new mortality records in France, Spain and Italy

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France, Italy and Spain have recorded the lowest daily death toll in weeks as they prepare to ease restrictions.

France reported 135 deaths; The 164 in Spain were the lowest since mid-March; and 174 in Italy was a two-month low.

Meanwhile, a French doctor claimed new tests on patient samples showing that the virus was present in the country last year – weeks before the first officially registered case.

In Russia, the virus seems to be progressing, with 10,000 new infections.

But Russia’s death rate remains low compared to other countries. On Sunday, he recorded 58 deaths, bringing his total to 1,280.

The United Kingdom registered 315 new deaths and has the third number of deaths behind the United States and Italy. However, UK officials say the epidemic has peaked and the number of new hospital admissions is declining.

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Globally, the pandemic has seen nearly 3.5 million people infected and nearly 250,000 people have died.

Was the virus in France last year?

The number of new deaths recorded is the lowest since the end of March, while only deaths in hospitals were recorded. The new figures include deaths in nursing homes and have been decreasing for several days.

Meanwhile, a chief of intensive care in the Paris region told local media that the virus was present in France on December 27 – a month before the first cases were confirmed.

Yves Cohen told BFMTV that his team had reviewed the negative tests for influenza and other coronaviruses on 24 patients hospitalized for respiratory symptoms in December and January.

“Of the 24 patients, we had a positive result for Covid-19 on December 27 when he was in the hospital with us,” he said, adding that the test had been repeated several times to confirm the result.

Dr Cohen said he had reported the case to regional health authorities and requested that other negative tests from the same period be retested.

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Media captionFrench firefighters try to teach dogs to smell coronaviruses

France plans to lift its lock on May 11, when children return to school in stages, some businesses will reopen and people will be able to travel within 100 kilometers (60 miles) of their home without the need for a document giving a reason for their movement.

Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Sunday that it would depend on further reductions in the number of new infections, particularly in the hardest hit regions like the Paris region and northeastern France.

France also clarified that a rule requiring everyone entering the country to be segregated for two weeks does not apply to people from EU countries, the Schengen area or the United Kingdom .

What’s going on in Spain?

The death toll in Spain (164) was the lowest in a month and a half and was more than a hundred fewer than on Saturday.

Adults were able to exercise outside on Saturday on Saturday for the first time in seven weeks. The lockout was made easier for children under the age of 14 a week ago.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Spain is reaping the rewards of the sacrifices made during the foreclosure, one of the strictest in Europe.

On Monday, masks will become mandatory in public transport and some small businesses such as hairdressers will open for individual meetings with customers.

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Media captionThe lock has been relaxed in Spain, but there are still time restrictions on when people can go out

And in Italy?

Italy has had the lowest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths since it began locking out two months ago. The number of new infections and intensive care patients continued to decline.

The country is easing its lockdown from Monday, when the Italians can exercise as long as they respect the rules for maintaining physical distance. They will also be able to visit relatives – but not friends – in their area.

However, schools, cinemas and most stores will remain closed. Bars and restaurants are expected to start allowing customers to sit at the table in June.

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Media captionMental health toll as Italians struggle to face Europe’s strictest and longest lock

The death toll in Italy is 28,884, the second after the United States, where more than 68,000 people have died.

The death toll in the UK is 28,446, while in Spain and France 25,100 and 24,729 respectively have died.

The British government is expected to announce next steps in its response to the pandemic on Sunday.

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