COVID-19 infections in France halve but deaths double

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France saw positive trends on Monday in the midst of the second wave of the coronavirus after the lifting of the lockdown entered its first phase this weekend.

A report of 4,005 infections was recorded, down from 9,784 on Sunday, an encouraging drop of more than half. The total number of infections since the start of record keeping now stands at 2,222,488, according to the health ministry.

Deaths, however, rose to 408 from 198 on Sunday, bringing the official toll since March to 52,731.

Hospitalizations fell to 9,256 against 9,382 the day before. In total, 1,344 people remain in intensive care, 47 less than the day before.

The positivity rate also fell to 10.9% on Monday, a metric that continues to drop with each passing day.

Worldwide, the death toll from COVID-19 has risen to more than 1.46 million since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China at the end of December last year. The number of infections stands at just over 63 million, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, based in the United States.

Saturday saw the reopening of stores across France in the first stage of deconfinement, a welcome sight for impatient holiday shoppers as well. Places of worship held their first services over the weekend, but religious leaders have called on the government to rethink the maximum capacity of 30 people at a time, or even take it to court, with the French Council of State ordering Prime Minister Jean Castex to rework the measure in the three. time of days.

Containment will end completely on December 15 with the implementation of a nighttime curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., excluding Christmas Eve and New Years. Museums, theaters, cinemas, conservatories and music schools will reopen. On January 20, restaurants, cafes, bars, gymnasiums and sports halls will finally reopen.
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