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France reports lowest daily virus toll in five weeks as lockdown easing beckons

A nurse adjusts her mask as she works at the post Covid-19 unit of a private hospital in Nantes, western France, April 30, 2020.
A nurse adjusts her mask as she works at the post Covid-19 unit of a private hospital in Nantes, western France, April 30, 2020. © Reuters/Stéphane Mahé
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France reported 218 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the smallest number in a 24-hour period in more than five weeks. The number of people who died of coronavirus in France rose to 24,594.

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141 fewer people were being treated Friday in intensive care units (ICU), director of health Jérôme Salomon said.

The number of ICU patients peaked at 7,200 on April 9.

The last time the country recorded such a low daily number of fatalities was March 23, when there were 186 registered deaths.

France has the fourth highest death toll in Europe, with 24,594.

The government has announced the country's strict lockdown will be eased from May 11, but the pace will be slower in harder hit areas such as the greater Paris area and the northeast quarter of the country.

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