France’s Coronavirus death toll has risen significantly as the country eases out of lockdown.
THE death toll in France from the coronavirus rose by 351 to 27,425 on Thursday, the health ministry announced, but the number of patients in hospital and in intensive care units continued to drop.
The higher tally means France’s overall Covid-19 death toll has once again overtaken Spain’s, making it the fourth highest in the world after the US, the UK and Italy. Spain earlier on Thursday reported 217 new deaths, taking its toll to 27,321.
France’s health ministry said in a statement that the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 infections fell again to 20,463 from 21,071 on Wednesday, continuing an uninterrupted downward trend now in its fifth week.
The number of people in intensive care also continued its downtrend, falling by 129 to 2,299, from more than 7,000 in early April at the height of the crisis.
The government has warned it will consider locking down the country again if daily new infections rise above 3,000. On Thursday, the number of infections increased by 622 to 141,356.