PARIS: France reported more than 300 additional coronavirus-related deaths for the second consecutive day, Tuesday May 5, but people hospitalized with the infection and those in intensive care units for COVID-19 respiratory disease fell to their highest pace the record.
After increasing by 135 only Sunday – the lowest count in more than a month – the number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France increased by 306 Monday and 330 Tuesday, bringing the number of deaths to 25 531, the fifth-tallest in the world.
France, which plans to start a national lockdown of nearly eight weeks on May 11, may soon overtake Spain – which earlier reported its third consecutive day of coronavirus death under 200 for a total of 25,613 – in the classification of deaths.
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The United Kingdom, with 32,313 deaths, has overtaken Italy to report the largest official number of deaths from the new coronavirus in Europe, figures released Tuesday showing increased pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his response to crisis.
In a statement, the French Ministry of Health also said that the number of people in intensive care units fell to 3,430 compared to 3,696 on Monday, an unprecedented drop of 7.2% and a drop for the 27th consecutive day.
The number of people hospitalized for a coronavirus fell 3%, also to its highest rate ever recorded since the epidemic, at 24,775, continuing a now uninterrupted three-week drop.
The total number of confirmed cases increased from 1,104 to 132,967, well below the threshold of 3,000 presidents set by the government of Emmanuel Macron before reversing the decision to partially lift the lockdown next Monday.
In addition to confirmed cases, suspect cases in nursing homes edged down to 37,584, for a total of 170,511, up 1,089 in 24 hours after an increase of 769 on Monday and 297 on Sunday.
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