Covid-19: France records 574 new deaths in 24 hours

The coronavirus had on April 13 claimed almost 15,000 lives in France.
The coronavirus had on April 13 claimed almost 15,000 lives in France. REUTERS - CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

France reported 574 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Monday, bringing the total to 14,967 since the coronavirus outbreak began. 

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A total of 335 of the deaths occurred in hospitals, up from 315 the previous day, while 239 deaths were recorded in nursing homes.

For the fifth day in a row, the number of patients in intensive care fell, with 24 fewer people, leaving 6,821 in a serious condition. The figure is seen as a key indicator of the outbreak’s spread across the country.

The report came just ahead of a televised address by President Emmanuel Macron, who announced another extension of the stay-at-home orders and business closures in place since March 17, until May 11.

The ministry confirmed that the epidemic had reached a “high plateau,” with more than 98,000 infections recorded across the country so far.

The actual number is likely higher since only the most serious cases are tested.

(AFP)

 

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