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PARIS (Reuters) – France reported a slight drop in the daily count of new coronavirus deaths on Monday, although it also saw a slight increase in confirmed cases, a week after authorities began to loosen the lockout restrictions.

France has reported the fourth largest number of confirmed cases in the world, after the United States, Britain and Italy, and its Department of Health, announcing the latest figures, urged citizens to remain cautious and to respect the rules of social distancing.

He reported an additional 131 deaths in the past 24 hours due to COVID-19, respiratory illness caused by the virus, or a slowed increase of 0.5%, bringing the total number of deaths to 28,239.

An outbreak of deaths in retirement homes raised the daily death toll in France to 483 Sunday. But in the past 24 hours, these homes have registered only eight new deaths.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is still active,” said the ministry.

The number of new confirmed cases of the virus increased by 492, or 0.3%, according to the ministry, while fears of a second wave of infections persist in France, where high schools are now reopening in certain regions.

On Sunday, he saw only 120 new cases of coronavirus, a daily increase of 0.1%.

The number of people in intensive care with COVID-19 infection decreased 4.3% to 1,998, below the threshold of 2,000 for the first time since March 22. The number of people hospitalized fell to 19,015 from 19,361 on Sunday.

These two figures – key indicators of the French health system’s capacity to cope with the epidemic – have been on a downward trend for four to five weeks and have peaked at more than 32,000 and more than 7,000 respectively from start to mid -April.

(Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edition by Gareth Jones)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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