The Department of Health reported 24,371 new cases, bringing the total to 5.68 million, an increase of 2.64% from last Tuesday and a drop from the week-over-week increases in more than 6% before and during the third foreclosure in April.
After the first strict lock in spring 2020, weekly increases fell below 2% in June and remained below 3% until the end of July.
But after the second, less stringent lockdown in November, the rate remained stubbornly above 3% and new cases skyrocketed, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to impose a third lockdown in April, this time including a shutdown of three. school weeks.
The government is now gradually lifting lockdowns and curfews by the end of June, in the hope that an enhanced vaccination campaign and continued social distancing will bring the outbreak under control.
The seven-day moving average of new infections has now fallen to 20,866, less than half of the more than 42,000 seen in mid-April.
“20,000 is still a high level, but what matters is the dynamic,” Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday.
The number of people in hospitals with COVID-19 also fell after two days of increases and fell from 523 to 28,427, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The number of people in intensive care units with COVID-19 has fallen from 126 to 5,504 but remains near a recent high of over 6,000.
France also reported 257 new deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 243 in hospitals – up from 311 the day before.
Following the vaccination of nearly 100% of nursing home residents, the weekly average of deaths there fell to six, from more than 100 around Christmas, at the start of the vaccination campaign.
(Reporting by GV De Clercq; Editing by Gareth Jones and Alexandra Hudson)