France’s coronavirus death toll at 25,531, close to Spain

PARIS (HRNW) – France reported more than 300 additional coronavirus-linked deaths for the second day running on Tuesday but the people in hospital with the infection and those in intensive care units for the COVID-19 respiratory disease fell at their steepest rate on record.

After increasing by only 135 on Sunday – the lowest tally in more than a month – the number of people who have died from a coronavirus infection in France climbed by 306 on Monday and by 330 on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 25,531, the fifth-highest in the world.

France, who plans to start unwinding an almost eight-week national lockdown on May 11, could soon overtake Spain – who reported earlier its third day in a row of coronavirus deaths under 200 for a total of 25,613 – in the fatalities ranking.

In a statement, the French Health Ministry also said the number of people in intensive care units fell to 3,430 from 3,696 on Monday, an unprecedented decline of 7.2 per cent and lower for the 27th consecutive day.

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