France reported that coronavirus-related deaths increased at the slowest pace in three days on Wednesday. The number of hospital and intensive care patients continued to decline.
The death toll rose from 83 to 27,074, the French health ministry said in an email, with fewer than 100 deaths for the third time in five days. The country reported 213,664 cases of coronavirus, little change from the previous day, as the number of infections in retirement homes has been revised downward.
France has started to loosen the foreclosure measures that have helped slow the coronavirus epidemic, with many stores reopening after almost eight weeks. The number of people infected in France was estimated at 2.8 million as of May 11, or 4.4% of the population, according to a study based on modeling published Wednesday in the magazine Science.
“The epidemic remains active and the virus is still circulating,” said the ministry. “We have to be careful. “
The number of people hospitalized for the virus fell from 524 to 21,071, the lowest since March 30. Patients in intensive care because of the virus, which health authorities consider a key indicator of the pressure on the French health system, fell from 114 to 2,428, about a third of the peak in April.