France’s daily death count from the novel coronavirus dropped in the past 24 hours and admissions into intensive care also slowed, the health ministry said Sunday, thanking citizens for largely respecting a lockdown to arrest the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The health ministry data confirmed that 357 people died from COVID-19 in hospitals, in contrast with 441 in the previous 24 hours, taking the total in hospitals to 5,889.
It stated that 2,189 people had died in nursing homes since March 1, taking France’s whole death count to 8,078.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in France since the beginning of the pandemic rose by 2.7%, i.e., 1,873 to 70,478, the ministry stated in the daily update of the situation.
It added that around 22,361 confirmed or possible cases have been recorded in nursing homes, taking France’s total confirmed or doable coronavirus cases to 92,839.
France decided on March 17 to confine its residents to homes to slow the spread of the virus as a daily hike of infections threatened the health system. The steps have been extended until April 15, and are likely to be extended again.
It urged residents to continue respecting the strict lockdown steps and keep their distances.