France reports increased COVID-19 infections and declining deaths

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On Wednesday, the number of new cases of coronavirus increased surprisingly in France with 4,183 additional patients in the country, according to figures reported by the Ministry of Health.

There were 278 deaths compared to 340 on Tuesday, a decrease from 62. Hospital deaths rose to 181 and brought the total to 16,237, while the number of deaths in nursing homes rose to 9,572 after increasing by 97.

Hospitalizations also increased on Wednesday, with 24,983, an increase of 209 patients from Tuesday. The number of people in intensive care fell to 3,147, down from 283 patients.

The death toll since the start of the epidemic stands at 25,809, with a total of 137,150 cases.

Some 53,972 former patients have recovered from the pandemic in the country. Despite the severity of the virus, most people experience mild symptoms and recover.

Originating in China last December, COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, has spread to 187 countries and regions around the world. Europe and the United States are currently the most affected regions.

The pandemic has killed nearly 260,000 people, with a total number of infections of just over 3.7 million, while more than 1.22 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins American University.

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