France records lowest daily death toll since lockdown began

France records lowest daily death toll since lockdown began
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France on Sunday reported 70 more deaths from the coronavirus, its lowest daily toll since the lockdown began in March.

The new deaths brought the total toll in hospitals and nursing homes from the pandemic in France to 26,380, the health ministry said.

It was the lowest daily toll announced since March 17th, the day the lockdown in France began. Saturday had also seen a record low toll of 80 deaths, although reporting of deaths is often lower at the weekend.

France begins on Monday to lift its lockdown, although many restrictions will remain in place nationwide.

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“Our efforts during the lockdown worked and saved thousands of lives,” said the health ministry.

“They need to succeed so that this new phase succeeds,” it added, warning that the epidemic is still “active and evolving”.

There has been a steady downward trend in France's key coronavirus figures in recent days, although officials warn that caution is still needed and the risk of a second wave remains.

Continuing recent trends, there were 36 fewer coronavirus patients in total in intensive care for a total of 2,776 and 45 less in hospital for a total of 22,569 people.

The government has divided France into green and red areas for Monday's easing of the lockdown, with Paris and three other regions classified as red seeing a more limited relaxation.

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