New daily COVID-19 infections in France fell to a low of nearly two months on average on Monday, a figure justifying the government’s decision to start lifting the country’s third lockdown.
But after dropping for five consecutive days, the number of people hospitalized for the disease increased by 132, a second consecutive increase, to 28,950.
And among those, the total number of patients in intensive care units also increased for the second day in a row, from 45, to 5,630.
That total is down almost 400 from a recent high of 6,001 reached a week ago, but it is still twice as high as the 2,500-3,000 range the government set to break out of the second. lockdown of France on December 15.
On Monday, a restriction limiting people within 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) of their homes was lifted and high schools partially reopened.
From May 19, France will begin to ease the 7 p.m. nighttime curfew – applied since mid-December – and allow cafes, bars and restaurants to offer an outside service.
French health authorities have reported 3,760 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, to 5.66 million, the fourth in the world.
The 2.76% increase from one week to the next remained below the 3% threshold for the second day in a row, a streak not seen since the end of July.
And the seven-day moving average of daily new infections, which evens out reporting irregularities, stood at 21,716, dropping below the 22,000 limit for the first time since March 10, from more than a recent high of 42,225. April 14.
The death toll from COVID-19 has increased by 311, to 105,310, the eighth highest in the world.
Despite the pressure that still weighs on the hospital system, the government hopes that an acceleration of the vaccination campaign will allow it to continue to suspend restrictive measures.
More than 16.1 million people in France have received at least one vaccine against COVID-19, a total representing 24.1% of the country’s population and 30.7% of the adult population.
Almost 6.7 people have received two vaccines, which means that 10% of the population is now fully vaccinated, compared to, for example, 32% in the United States.
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