Slowdown in new confirmed cases of coronavirus in France

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PARIS (Reuters) – Deaths from coronavirus in France were four times higher on Monday than a day earlier, but the increase in new confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at its lowest of a week.In a statement, the Ministry of Health said the death toll in the country had increased by 54, or 0.2%, to 29,209, the fifth highest total in the world. On Sunday, 13 COVID-19 deaths were reported.

The figure could increase on Tuesday, the day now chosen by the government to add, once a week, data on nursing homes, which represent more than a third of total deaths.

The number of confirmed cases increased 0.1% to 154,188, which was lower than the seven-day moving average of 0.2%.

According to Reuters calculations, if you add the probable cases of coronavirus in nursing homes, the total number of cases in France rises to nearly 191,000, the ninth highest total in the world on this basis.

The ministry said the number of people treated at the hospital for COVID-19 had dropped from 146 to 12,315. At the height of the epidemic in mid-April, that number reached 32,292.

The number of people in intensive care fell 29, or 2.8%, to 1,024, compared to a peak of 7,148 on April 8.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Kevin Liffey and David Evans

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