FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk past the he Galeries Lafayette department store on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris as France softens its strict lockdown rules during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s coronavirus deaths were four times higher on Monday than a day earlier but the increase of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were at a one-week low.
In a statement, the health ministry said the country’s death toll rose by 54, or 0.2%, to 29,209, the fifth-highest total in the world. On Sunday, 13 COVID-19 deaths were reported.
The figure could spike on Tuesday, the day now chosen by the government to add, once a week, data from nursing homes, which account for more than a third of the total deaths.
The number of confirmed cases rose by 0.1% to 154,188, which is lower than the rolling seven-day average of 0.2%.
According to Reuters calculations, if probable cases of coronavirus in care homes are added, France’s total number of cases stands at almost 191,00, the ninth-highest tally in the world on that basis.
The ministry said the number of people being treated in hospital for COVID-19 fell by 146 to 12,315. At the peak of the outbreak in mid-April that number reached 32,292.
The number of people in intensive care fell by 29, or 2.8%, to 1,024, versus a April 8 high of 7,148.
Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Kevin Liffey and David Evans