The number of deaths from coronavirus in France is increasing but hospitalizations are decreasing

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FILE PHOTO: A disinfection squad sprays disinfectant to clean the Croisette beach in Cannes after France reopened its beaches after the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France on May 29, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard / File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus deaths in France rose by more than 100 for the first time in 13 days on Tuesday, an increase which again includes data from nursing homes after a three-day hiatus.

The Department of Health said the number of deaths had increased by 107, or 0.4%, to 28,940, the fifth highest total in the world.

These data were communicated the day after the reopening of Parisian cafes and restaurants for the first time in 11 weeks as the country eased the foreclosure measures.

The department said the number of people hospitalized fell by more than 260, or 1.8%, to 14,028, and the number of people in intensive care decreased by 49, or 3.8%, to 1,253.

Both figures have been trending downward since mid-April.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Angus MacSwan

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