France reports a major spike in coronavirus deaths as total rises to 372
French health authorities revealed 108 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total to 372 or an increase of almost 41%, the toll rising sharply yet again as the country was in its third day of a lockdown aimed at containing the outbreak.
During a press conference, health agency director Jerome Salomon added the number of cases had risen to 10,995, up from 9,134 on Tuesday, which is a rise of 20% in 24 hours.
Salomon said 1,122 people were in a serious condition, needing life support, up 20.5% compared to Wednesday.
It is estimated France has around 5,000 beds equipped with the necessary gear but these are unevenly spread around the country.
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