New coronavirus infections leap in France as death toll nears 26,000

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The death toll due to coronaviruses in France increased by 278 or 1.1% to 25,809 on Wednesday, eight less than in Spain, which saw its number of viruses increase by 204 or 0.8% to 25,817 , according to official data.

The number of people in intensive care units fell 283 or 8.3% to 3,147 in the largest daily decline in four consecutive weeks of decline, the Department of Health said in a statement.

The number of people in intensive care units – a key measure of a health system’s ability to cope with the pandemic – is now well below half the peak of 7,148 on April 8.

The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus also fell from 25,775 to 23,983, continuing an uninterrupted fall of three weeks.

But despite a strict lockdown policy implemented on March 17, the number of new coronavirus infections in hospitals jumped 4,183 or 3.1% to 137,150, the largest one-day increase since April 14.

The number of probable cases in nursing homes decreased by 543 to 37,041, so the total number of reported coronavirus cases increased by 3,640 or 2.1% to 174,191.

The French government plans to lift the lockout on May 11, but has said it depends on the number of new infections per day below 3,000.

In the past seven days, the average daily increase has been 1,110 cases per day.

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