France records 761 more Covid-19 deaths, but number of hospitalisations declines

At 18,681 the number of fatalities from coronavirus is up 4,2% over 24 hours

Reuters April 18, 2020
Doctor Jean-Noël Lépront, wearing a protective suit and face mask, makes a phone call outside an emergency Covid-19 centre in Champigny-sur-Marne near Paris, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in France. PHOTO: Reuters

PARIS: France registered 761 more deaths from coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 18,681, the fourth-highest tally in the world, but the number of people in hospital has declined for a third day running.

And, in another sign that the lockdown put in place a month ago is working, Jerome Salomon, head of the public health authority, said the total of people in intensive care units (ICU) in France fell for the ninth day in a row, at 6,027, a low point since April 1.


At 18,681 the number of fatalities from coronavirus is up 4,2% over 24 hours, with the rate of increase decelerating for the second day running.


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