French hospitals see first increase in number of COVID-19 patients since lockdown ended

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PARIS (Reuters) - Le ministère français de la Santé a rapporté lundi la première augmentation significative du nombre de personnes hospitalisées en raison du nouveau coronavirus depuis la fin du verrouillage du pays, inversant une tendance observée depuis la mi-avril.

The ministry said the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased by 34 to 5,045 from Friday.

It was the first significant increase since the number began to drop steadily from a high of 32,292 on April 14.

The number of people in intensive care also rose again, from 13 to 396 on Friday.

The ministry also reported that the number of confirmed coronavirus infections had increased from 4,854 to 202,775 in the past three days, adding to signs that the virus is spreading faster.

After the number of infections hit a new high after the lockdown of 2,288, there were 2,184 new infections on Saturday, 1,885 on Sunday and 785 on Monday, the ministry said in separate statements.

The ministry also said the cumulative number of deaths from the virus rose to 30,340, up 16 from Friday, when 12 deaths were reported.

(Report by Geert De Clercq, edited by Franklin Paul and Hugh Lawson)

    

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