New single-day deaths from COVID-19 continue to drop in France


New single-day deaths from COVID-19 continue to drop in France: France had registered 96 new deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, fewer than the previous two 24-hour periods, while the balance of the coronavirus-related hospitalization remains negative, France’s Health Ministry said.

New single-day deaths from COVID-19 continue to drop in France
ARMENTIERES (FRANCE), April 17, 2020 (Xinhua) — A policeman checks a resident at an open-air market in Armentieres, northern France, on April 17, 2020. Despite a rising COVID-19 death toll in France, the number of people being hospitalized fell for a third straight day, offering a glimmer of hope, said Director General of Health Jerome Salomon on Friday. The death toll in France climbed to 18,681 on Friday, representing a daily rise of 761 compared with 753 registered a day before, said Salomon at a daily briefing on the pandemic. (Photo by Sebastien Courdji/Xinhua/IANS)

According to the ministry, the 96 new single-day deaths were lower than 104 registered on Friday and 351 on Thursday. So far, 27,625 people have succumbed to the coronavirus-caused disease across France, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Meanwhile, France is now the world’s fourth worst-hit country in terms of human loss caused by COVID-19 after the United States, Britain and Italy.

In a statement, the ministry said the number of patients with the coronavirus, now at 19,432, was below 20,000 for the second consecutive day, of whom 2,132 were receiving intensive treatment, down by 71.

As of Saturday, the country had recorded 142,291 confirmed cases, a single-day increase of 372, slower than Friday’s 563. A total of 61,066 patients had recovered and returned home since early March.

“The COVID-19 epidemic remains active and the virus is still circulating in France. So, we have to be careful and respect all the barrier measures,” the ministry said.

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