PARIS (Reuters) – The average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in France fell to its lowest level since mid-September, as the number of people treated for the virus in hospitals continued to decline, reported official data showed Wednesday.
The daily figure, averaged over seven days, fell below 10,000, from a peak of over 42,000 in 2021 in mid-April.
New confirmed infections have increased by 12,646 in the past 24 hours to a total of 5.62 million since the start of the pandemic, a slower rate of growth than a week ago, when they increased 19,000. Four weeks ago the figure was 31,000.
The number of people in intensive care units with COVID-19 fell from 117 to 3,330, while the total number of people hospitalized with the virus fell from 837 to 18,593. Both figures follow a downward trend constant since the end of April.
The health ministry also reported 144 new coronavirus deaths in hospitals on Wednesday, up from 141 a week ago.