France reports 17,881 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours

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FILE PHOTO: A member of the medical staff works in the intensive care unit (ICU) where patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at the Melun-Senart hospital near Paris, France, November 20, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, down from the 22,882 reported on Friday.

The health ministry also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours, up from 386 on Friday.

The total number of deaths from the virus in France now stands at 48,518, including 33,231 in hospitals.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell for the fifth day in a row and fell to 31,365.

The number of patients in intensive care units also fell for the fifth day in a row and was down to 4,493.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a speech to the nation on the virus situation and could announce a partial relaxation of the nationwide lockdown rules in place since October 30.

The retail outlet hopes to be able to reopen stores selling “non-essential” items such as clothes, shoes and toys.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday he hoped this could happen “in a few days”.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Louise Heavens

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