Covid-19: France records 369 new deaths to bring its total toll to 22,614
France reported 369 more coronavirus deaths on Saturday, a lower toll than in previous days, with the number of people in intensive dropping for the 17th day in a row.
However, 171 died in retirement and care homes, and officials said they were worried by an increase in critically ill patients suffering from other conditions.
More than 7,500 people are now being treated in the intensive care units across France - which is 50 percent more than the country's total capacity before the epidemic struck.
Despite some encouraging, the system was still under strain, officials said.
"The rise in the number of patients in intensive care shows the necessity for those with chronic diseases to be looked after as well as taking care of those in emergency situations," a statement said.
"If the care... (of those with chronic problems) is interrupted for a long time, their illnesses will become more serious."
Officials urged people with chronic diseases who are sick not to be afraid of contacting their doctors or medical carers.
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