Coronavirus: France continues to see fall in daily death toll and hospital patient numbers

France on Tuesday reported 531 deaths from Covid19 in 24 hours as the number of people in hospital and intensive care continued to decline.

Coronavirus: France continues to see fall in daily death toll and hospital patient numbers
The numbers of coronavirus patients in French hospitals have been falling steadily. Photo: AFP

The daily tally – 387 deaths in hospital and 144 in nursing homes – brought France's total epidemic death toll to 20,796, France's Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon told reporters.

There were 30,106 infected people in hospital, he said – a daily decline of 478 in an encouraging downward trend.

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Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon. Photo: AFP

There were also 250 fewer people in intensive care – a crucial marker of epidemic decline – for a total of 5,433, Salomon said. This represented the 13th day of decline in a row.

The total tally included 12,900 people who died in hospital and 7,896 in nursing homes.

Salomon said the epidemic remained active in France, adding “we must remain fully mobilised.”

France has been in lockdown since March 17th in a bid to slow the spread of the epidemic. President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that the lockdown will be progressively lifted from May 11th.

Schools could gradually reopen then but cafes, cinemas and cultural venues would remain closed, and there could be no summer festivals until mid-July at the earliest.

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France’s monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

France has detected 277 cases of monkeypox, health authorities said Tuesday, June 21st, including the first case in the country of a woman contracting the virus.

France's monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

The case numbers have risen steeply since the last official figure of 183 cases five days earlier. But there have been no deaths in France attributed to monkeypox.

The normal initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery chickenpox-like rash.

Until recently, the viral disease had generally been confined to Western and Central Africa but is now present in several continents, particularly Europe.

Among the latest cases recorded in France, “a first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission of which is currently being investigated, and all the others are men,” the French national public health agency said in a statement.

So far, the recent outbreak of monkeypox, which is currently affecting some 40 countries, has mainly affected men who have engaged in gay sex.

The World Health Organization is due to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to determine whether to classify the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

The virus usually clears up after two or three weeks.

Most of the cases identified in France have been found in Paris and its suburbs, though smaller outbreaks have been seen in several regions throughout the country, including Normandy in the north and the Cote d’Azur in the south.

The first monkeypox case in France was discovered on May 20, the same day the virus was detected in neighbouring Germany.