Covid-19: France reports 1,438 deaths in 24 hours, sharp boost due to unreported deaths from Easter

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Covid-19: France reports 1,438 deaths in 24 hours, sharp boost due to unreported deaths from Easter

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Medical staff, wearing protective suits and face masks, treat a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Franco-Britannique hospital in Levallois-Perret near Paris as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in France, April 15, 2020.

Medical personnel, using protective suits and face masks, treat a patient struggling with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an extensive care system at the Franco-Britannique health center in Levallois-Perret near Paris as the spread of the coronavirus illness continues in France, April 15, 2020. REUTERS – BENOIT TESSIER
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The number of individuals who died from coronavirus infection in France jumped by 1,438 or 9.1%to 17,167 in the biggest single-day boost as a variety of nursinghomes reported cumulative tolls following the three-day Easter weekend, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The variety of people who died in healthcare facilities rose by 514 or 5%to 10,643, less than the 541 reported on Tuesday, however the cumulative death toll in retirement home increased by 924 or 17%to 6,524, compared to 221 on Tuesday.

” This increase is not the death rate over 24 hours however is due to a catch-up in reporting of data following the three-day weekend,” Health Ministry Director Jerome Salomon stated.

He said the COVID-19 pandemic is still extremely active and contacted French individuals to strictly respect confinement procedures.

However he likewise reported that for the very first time since the start of the epidemic, the variety of individuals in health center for COVID-19 had actually fallen by 513 or 1.6%to 31,779 in an indication that the infection rate is slowing which confinement is working.

” This is the first fall. We need to invite it however we must remain careful and wait for the advancement in the next few days,” Salomon said.

The number of people in extensive care units (ICU) likewise succumbed to the seventh day in a row, by 273 or 4.1%to 6,457 and now stands well below the peak of 7,148 seen on April 8.

In Italy, the variety of people in ICU succumbed to the 12 th day in a row on Wednesday and is now at 3,079, nearly 1,000 listed below the peak of 4,068 seen early April.

In another sign that the infection rate is slowing, the number of reported coronavirus cases in France increased by 3,217 or just 2.5%to an overall of 133,470 The variety of verified cases increased 2.5%to 106,206 and the variety of probable cases in nursing

homes was up 2.2%to 27,264

( REUTERS)

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