France reports lowest daily virus toll in five weeks as lockdown easing beckons
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.
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.
#Coronavirus #COVID19 | Synthèse des 2 indicateurs de l’activité épidémique, au vendredi 1 mai 2020 :— Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé (@MinSoliSante) May 1, 2020
◾Tension hospitalière sur les capacités en réanimation
◾Circulation active du virus
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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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