PARIS (Reuters) - Le bilan quotidien des décès par coronavirus en France a rebondi vendredi, trois jours avant qu'il ne commence à lever son verrouillage national vieux de presque deux mois.
The health ministry said 243 people died of COVID-19 respiratory disease within 24 hours, compared with 178 on Thursday, for a total of 26,230.
France has the fifth-highest death toll in the world after the United States, Britain, Italy and Spain.
The number of people in intensive care units – a measure of the health care system’s ability to cope with the epidemic – fell 93 or 3% to 2,868, well below the peak of 7,148 seen on April 8.
The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus also fell again, from 23,208 to 22,724, continuing an uninterrupted three-week drop and down 30% from the April 32 peak of 32,292.
There were 642 new confirmed cases, up from 629 the previous day, for a total of 138,421, according to official data.
(Report by Sybille de La Hamaide; Edited by Kevin Liffey)