Hospitalizations for coronavirus continue to drop in France

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FILE PHOTO: A French doctor, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, holds a test tube after having administered a nasal swab to a patient at a screening site for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cambrai, after the onset of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) – France reported on Monday a further drop in hospitalizations for coronavirus infections as well as a decrease in the number of patients in intensive care units in a new sign that its health system is capable of deal with the pandemic for now.

The Department of Health said the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, had dropped to 6,983 from 7,062 on July 10, continuing a week-long downward trend.

The number of people in intensive care units fell to 492 from 496.

The total number of deaths in France is 30,004.

Report by Matthias Blamont, edited by Franklin Paul

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