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Covid-19: France records more than 100 new deaths as country's lockdown eases

Technicians handling blood samples for Covid-19 tests at the LPA analysis laboratory in Besançon, France on May 29 2020.
Technicians handling blood samples for Covid-19 tests at the LPA analysis laboratory in Besançon, France on May 29 2020. © Sebastian Bozon, AFP
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France's Covid-19 death toll rose by more than 100 for the first time in 13 days on Tuesday, as the country enacts a new easing of lockdown measures.

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The French health ministry said that the number of fatalities had risen by 107, or 0.4 percent, to 28,940, the fifth-highest tally in the world.

It also said the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units fell to 1,253 from Monday’s tally of 1,302.

The latest toll comes as the country entered the second phase of easing the lockdown, imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19.

On Tuesday, restaurants, bars and cafés opened throughout the country for the first time in almost three months.

However, those in the Paris region – designated an “orange zone” where the virus still poses a greater threat – can only seat customers in outdoor terraces, assuming they have one.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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