France Reports Fewest Coronavirus Deaths in a Month

(Bloomberg) --

France reported the smallest rise in deaths linked to the coronavirus since March 25 and the amount of Covid-19 patients in intensive care decreased.

Deaths rose by 242 to 22,856, according to figures provided by the Health Ministry on Sunday. The number of new cases increased by 1,129 to 191,743.

Lockdown measures across Europe have started to decelerate the spread of the coronavirus, with Spain reporting fewer than 400 deaths for a third day in a row and the U.K. the lowest number of deaths since March 31.

France is preparing to ease its confinement after May 11, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe set to outline how to begin the return to normal life on Tuesday.

Patients in intensive care because of the virus, which health authorities consider a key indicator of the outbreak’s impact on France’s hospital system, fell by 43 to 4,682.

France’s daily coronavirus figures have fluctuated amid inconsistent reporting from nursing homes -- first included in the tally this month -- including a downward revision of the data on Tuesday.

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