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France reports 54 daily Covid deaths, new confirmed cases at one-week low

Orderlies clean a room of a former Covid-19 patient at the AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris) in Paris, May 28, 2020.
Orderlies clean a room of a former Covid-19 patient at the AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris) in Paris, May 28, 2020. Martin BUREAU AFP/Archives
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France's coronavirus deaths were four times higher on Monday than a day earlier but the increase of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 were at a one-week low.

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In a statement, the health ministry said the country's death toll rose by 54, or 0.2%, to 29,209, the fifth-highest total in the world. On Sunday, 13 Covid-19 deaths were reported.

The figure could spike on Tuesday, the day now chosen by the government to add, once a week, data from nursing homes, which account for more than a third of the total deaths.

The number of confirmed cases rose by 0.1% to 154,188, which is lower than the rolling seven-day average of 0.2%.

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According to Reuters calculations, if probable cases of coronavirus in care homes are added, France's total number of cases stands at almost 191,00, the ninth-highest tally in the world on that basis.

The ministry said the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 fell by 146 to 12,315. At the peak of the outbreak in mid-April that number reached 32,292.

The number of people in intensive care fell by 29, or 2.8 percent, to 1,024, versus an April 8 high of 7,148.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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