COVID-19 infections drop in France


PARIS – France saw a sharp drop in coronavirus infections on Monday, with most related figures declining as well.Deaths have increased, however, which is often usual after the weekend.

According to the Ministry of Health, 4,452 infections in total have been reported, a more than substantial drop of 8,705 from 13,157 cases the day before. The total number of infections now stands at 2,144,660.

The death toll rose to 501, up 286 from Sunday’s count of 215. The official death toll is 49,232.

Hospitalizations were recorded at 12,898, down 687 from 13,585 on Sunday, 1,946 of these patients remaining in intensive care, down 123 from the previous day.

About 100 departments across the country remain in a vulnerable position with 4,039 clusters of infection considered serious across the country.

Globally, the death toll from COVID-19 is nearly 1.4 million in 191 countries since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China at the end of December last year. The number of infections now stands at just over 59 million, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, based in the United States.

France remains fourth on the list of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, behind the United States, India and Brazil.

President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a televised address to the nation on Tuesday at 8 p.m. to announce the gradual reopening of non-essential businesses. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the dropout would unfold in three phases: December 1, just before Christmas, and in January.

An extension of the lockdown, which was speculated to be a possibility last week, seems a declining thought, given the positive trend in the number of infections and hospitalizations. There may, however, be a reinstatement of a nighttime curfew once the guard is lifted on December 1.
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