France records lowest number of Covid deaths since October – fr

France records lowest number of Covid deaths since October – fr

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                La France a enregistré son plus bas nombre de décès quotidiens de Covid-19 en plus de six mois, avec 113 décès dans les hôpitaux signalés dimanche, contre 195 la veille, selon les données du ministère de la Santé.

                                    <p>Le nombre de personnes en soins intensifs a augmenté de 4 en 24 heures, pour atteindre 5 585 personnes, interrompant cinq jours consécutifs de baisse.

There were also 9,888 new confirmed viral infections, bringing the total to 5.65 million – the fourth highest in the world.

France’s death toll since the start of the epidemic stands at 104,819, the eighth highest in the world.

The country began its third national lockdown at the end of March to deal with an increase in cases.

Under pressure from business and a tired public, the president Emmanuel Macron on Friday announced a four-phase plan to ease restrictions.

From Monday, a restriction limiting people to a radius of 10 kilometers from their homes will be lifted and other schools will partially reopen. Elementary schools are already open.

From May 19, France will start easing a nighttime curfew and allow cafes, bars and restaurants to offer an outside service.

“We have every reason to be confident in our ability to take this May 19 step across the country,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal told Europe 1 radio on Sunday.

Apart from the weeks of lockout, France has accelerated its vaccination campaign.

The health ministry said Sunday that 15.8 million, or 23.7% of the population, had received a first injection of the vaccine and 6.5 million, or 9.4% of the population, had received two injections.

(with Reuters)

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