PARIS (Reuters) – France has again ranked fourth among coronavirus deaths after the United States, Britain and Italy, with Spain revising its tally of nearly 2,000 on Monday.
The French Ministry of Health indicated on its website that the cumulative number of deaths had increased by 65, or 0.2%, to reach 28,432. But on a separate website from the ministry, it indicated that the balance sheet had increased by 90, or 0.3%, to 28,457 people.
The ministry could not be reached to comment on the discrepancy, but the two figures put the French balance sheet at around 1,600 more than the 26,834 in Spain and well below the 33,000 in Italy.
The death toll in France was slightly higher than that of Spain between May 12 and May 21, but at the end of last week, it fell below that of Spain for three days.
France also said on Monday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 358, or 0.2%, to 145,279, in line with the rate in the second half of last week and slower than the week before, hoping that the worst of the epidemic is over in France.
“The virus is finding it increasingly difficult to spread. At one point, he does not find enough people likely to be infected, “said epidemiologist Laurent Toubiana, director of IRSAN, in an interview.
The total number of confirmed and probable cases, which rose to more than 180,000 last week, could not be calculated because the ministry has not updated its data on retirement homes for several days.
The ministry said earlier in a statement that the number of patients hospitalized for coronavirus fell from 387 to 16,798 on Monday, resuming a gradual decline that was halted on Sunday. Critical care patients declined from 46 to 1,609, continuing a six-week declining trend.
Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Geert De Clercq; edited by John Stonestreet
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