Coronavirus deaths in France slow for a second day running
Coronavirus deaths in France slow for a second day running as the nation records 357 fatalities
- Patients admitted to intensive care was also lowest daily increase in several days
- France has so far recorded 70,478 confirmed cases and a total death toll of 8,078
- The nation has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to slow spread of virus
Coronavirus deaths in France have slowed for a second day running as the nation records 357 fatalities – its lowest daily death rate in a week.
The French Government released the latest figures earlier today which showed 70,478 confirmed cases across the country with a total death toll of 8,078.
The death rate includes 5,889 patients who died in hospital and 2,189 people in old age homes and other medical facilities.
France has reported its lowest daily death rate in a week after recording 357 coronavirus fatalities. Pictured: Medical staff in Bordeaux
It said there are now 28,891 people with coronavirus in French hospitals with 6,978 in intensive care.
Patients admitted into ICU within the past 24 hours was 140 which was also the lowest daily increase in several days.
France has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly pathogen.
Only essential trips have been allowed and these must be justified with a signed piece of paper.
France has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly pathogen. Pictured: An empty Champs Elysee avenue in Paris amid the coronavirus lockdown
Only essential trips have been allowed and these must be justified with a signed piece of paper. Pictured: French police checking ‘right to travel’ papers in Paris
Officials urged people to continue heeding the lockdown rules despite the warm weather over the weekend as the Easter holiday period begins.
Police checks continued as people around the country were observed flouting restrictions to jog in groups, gathering in green spaces and allowing children to play together.
Rural areas also received holidaymakers contrary to the government’s confinement orders.
‘The end of confinement is not yet on the cards, a deadline has not been set,’ interior ministry number two Laurent Nunez said.
‘I remind you of the rule… one goes out only when it is strictly necessary.’
Valerie Pecresse, president of the larger Paris Ile-de-France region, which is hardest hit by the pandemic, added: ‘It’s the holidays, the weather is nice, don’t give in to the temptation.’
It comes after 41 patients had to be evacuated from Ile-de-France’s overflowing hospitals earlier today and taken to Brittany via two specially-equipped high-speed trains.
In total, more than 550 patients have so far been evacuated from Ile-de-France and the east of France which was the first pandemic hotspot.
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