Coronavirus claims another 753 lives in France in 24 hours: official

By: AFP      Published: 10:57 PM, 16 Apr, 2020
Coronavirus claims another 753 lives in France in 24 hours: official
A staff member of the Korian Vill'Alize EHPAD (Housing Establishment for Dependant Elderly People) in Thises, eastern France, speaks with a resident in the garden of the retirement home, on April 16, 2020 during the 31st day of a strict confinement in France aimed at curbing the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus.–AFP

The coronavirus outbreak has claimed another 753 lives in the last 24 hours in France, bringing the country's total fatalities to 17,920, top French health official Jerome Salomon said Thursday.

But the number of virus patients hospitalised dropped by 474 and the number in critical care fell by 209, the health ministry's number two official said. 

"The spread of the virus is stabilising at a high level," he added.

Among the dead were 11,060 who died in hospital and 6,860 in care homes or other establishments, he said. 

The number of people remaining in critical care was 6,248 which, though down slightly, outstrips the 5,000 specialist reanimation beds in French hospitals, meaning there are "still tensions" on hospital services, said Salomon.

The current situation corresponds with a "plateau" in the number of cases, he said, while stressing that people need to continue to respect the lockdown rules. 

On Monday France extended its nationwide lockdown until May 11.

AFP

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