France reports 292 new coronavirus deaths, total now 2,606

By: AFP      Published: 10:56 PM, 29 Mar, 2020
France reports 292 new coronavirus deaths, total now 2,606
A man, with his face wrapped in scarf, reacts as he rests in bed at the Jean Jaures gymnasium which has been organised to welcome migrants on March 29, 2020 in Paris, on the thirteenth day of a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in France.–AFP

France has recorded 292 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 2,606 since the first was reported in February, the country’s national health service director Jerome Salomon said Sunday.

Among the nearly 19,000 patients now hospitalised, 4,632 are in intensive care, Salomon said.

The toll over the past 24 hours was below the 319 deaths reported on Saturday, but the figures include only deaths reported in hospitals, and not at retirement homes or assisted-living facilities.