FILE PHOTO: A medical biologist, wearing protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a garbage collector during a Covid-19 testing operation at Veolia waste collection site in Saint-Denis near Paris during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
PARIS (Reuters) – The number of people who have died from coronavirus infection in France rose 243 to 26,230 on Friday, a higher daily death toll than the previous day when it stood at 178.
The Health Ministry said in a statement that the number of people in intensive care units – a key measure of a health system’s ability to deal with the epidemic – fell by 93 or 3% to 2,868, well below half the peak of 7,148 seen on April 8.
The number of people in hospital with coronavirus also fell again to 22,724 from 23,208, continuing an uninterrupted three-week fall and down 30% from an April 14 peak of 32,292.
France will start lifting its almost two-months old national lockdown from Monday.
Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Chris Reese
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