PARIS: France announced a drop in COVID-19 deaths over the previous 24 hours on Sunday, with the country’s overall coronavirus outbreak toll now at 14,393, the health ministry said.
They said there were 315 patient deaths over the last day, compared to 345 the previous day. The overall figure is for those who died in nursing homes.
France had 605 deaths reported in hospitals on April 6, the highest daily number so far.
The number of patients in intensive care dropped with 35 fewer patients for the fourth consecutive day in a row, making a total of 6,845 persons in need of such treatment.
The health ministry reaffirmed that a “plateau” seemed to have been reached, but cautioned that given the slightly improving results, the situation remained critical.
“We must stay vigilant as the hospital and intensive care services are taking in very many patients,” it said.
In a bid to slow the spread of the disease, France has been in lockdown since March 17, with only critical trips permitted.
French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to talk to the nation for the third time during the crisis on Monday, and is expected to declare that the lockout will be extended past its current expiry date of April 15.
Macron would have to take a cautious path in the midst of the initial signs of change, reminding people that they still have to remain at home while showing how containment measures can be relaxed.