France reported 289 deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, down more than 100 from the previous day, as well as a further drop in the number of intensive care patients.
Senior health official Jerome Salomon said the increase brought the total death toll to 24,376, the fifth highest figure in the world after the United States, Italy, Britain and the Spain.
The daily toll was well below the 427 reported on Wednesday.
The latest figures confirm the more optimistic trend observed in recent days, with the number of intensive care patients decreasing from 188 to 4,019. The number peaked at 7,200 on April 9.
A total of 26,283 patients are still hospitalized in France, added Salomon, but almost 50,000 have recovered and have been discharged since the start of the epidemic.
The government has announced that the country’s strict foreclosure will be relaxed from May 11.
But easing will be slower in the hardest hit areas, and the government will designate the regions with red, orange and green to indicate the hardest hit. The lifting of the locking measures will take place more quickly in the green regions.
On Thursday, the government marked 35 regions in red, including the greater Paris region and the northeast quarter of the country.
These are the areas most affected by the virus and where the intensive care facilities are the most extensive.