The number of COVID-19 patients in France continues to decline

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FILE PHOTO: A woman, wearing a protective mask, sits on the beach on the Promenade des Anglais, after France has reopened its beaches to the public while it relaxes its strict locking rules after the outbreak of the disease in coronavirus (COVID-19), in Nice, France, May 21, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of people hospitalized for a coronavirus in France fell from 205 to 17,178 on Saturday, continuing a gradual decline that has lasted for more than five weeks since a peak of 32,292 on April 14.

The number of people in intensive care decreased by 36 or 2.1% to 1,665.

France did not publish a revised number of deaths on Saturday and said the COVID-19 report will be updated on Monday. A total of 28,215 people died on Thursday of the virus.

Report by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Peter Graff

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