France reports lower coronavirus death toll, hospital numbers fall

Published April 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse

France on Friday reported 389 more coronavirus deaths, a lower toll than in previous days, and also welcomed new falls in the number of patients in hospital and intensive care.

The deaths of 305 people in hospitals and 84 in nursing homes brought France’s total toll to 22,245, top health official Jerome Salomon told reporters.

He addied that there were now 561 fewer people in hospital and 183 fewer in intensive care, continuing a brighter trend seen in previous days.

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care has now fallen below 5,000, with 4,870 needing such treatment.

But despite the gradually improving data, Salomon said: “The circulation of the virus remains high. We must be mobilised and respect social distancing, which must become a reflex.”

 
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