France’s daily hospital death toll from coronavirus falls to 44 people

France's daily hospital death toll from coronavirus falls to 44 people
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France on Thursday reported 44 new coronavirus deaths in hospitals over the previous 24 hours, taking the official tally to 29,065 fatalities.

The health ministry tally does not include deaths in care homes and other institutions in the daily tally – after problems with data collection these are now reported weekly with the latest update due on June 9th.

Nationwide, France now lists 1,163 Covid-19 patients who are in intensive care, 47 fewer than Wednesday and continuing the steady daily fall seen since May 19th.

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At the height of the outbreak there were more than 7,000 patients in intensive care.

Three-quarters of those now in intensive care are spread over just four regions – the greater Paris Îl-de-France region, the Grand-Est, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and Hauts-de-France.

At the height of the epidemic in early April, France was recording more than 800 deaths a day, but numbers began to drop two weeks after the strict nationwide lockdown was introduced.

Better than expected numbers at the end of May meant that France has moved to lift a lot of the restrictions it had imposed, reopening bars and cafés in most areas of the country, allowing people to travel freely around France and accelerating the reopening of the country's schools.

But there are still restrictions in place including a ban on international travel, no gatherings of more than 10 people and the compulsory wearing of face masks in areas including public transport.


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