New cases of coronavirus in France, the number of hospitals is dropping sharply


A man wearing a protective mask walks past a closed restaurant in Cannes as the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continues in France, November 24, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus infections and the number of people hospitalized with the virus in France fell sharply as a nationwide lockdown entered its fourth week.

The Health Department reported that the number of new cases rose from 9,155 to 2.15 million on Tuesday, from 4,452 on Monday – while numbers are generally low due to weekend notification delays – and against 45,522 last Tuesday.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell from 859 to 30,622, the largest drop since the lockdown began on October 30 and the number of people in intensive care fell from 165 to 4,289.

Both series have fallen almost continuously for 11 days.

France also reported 1,005 new deaths from the coronavirus, pushing the total above 50,000 for the first time to 50,237.

The tally included 454 deaths in hospital over the past 24 hours and 551 in nursing homes over several days. He reported 500 hospital deaths on Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron will speak in the country at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. GMT) and is expected to announce an easing of lockdown rules in response to falling infection rates.

Report by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Chris Reese and Jane Merriman


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