France reports increased number of coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 26,643

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People wearing protective masks walk on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice as France relaxes its strict locking rules during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 11, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in France increased by 263 on Monday, compared to 70 the previous day, the health ministry said as the country began to untie a national lockdown of nearly two months set up to contain the spread. of the disease.

In percentage points, the 1% increase is the highest in five days. But the numbers often tend to peak after the weekend break.

The total number of deaths since the epidemic now stands at 26,643, according to the ministry, the fifth in the world after those of the United States, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

On Monday, there were 2,712 people in intensive care, down from 2,776 on Sunday, now a long-term decline.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chris Reese

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