By Damon Mitchell • 20 May 2020 • 10:14
FRENCH health authorities have revised the total death toll from the coronavirus pandemic to 28,022 on Tuesday, down from 28,239 a day earlier. The health ministry reported 125 deaths in hospitals over the most recent 24-hour period, but said that 342 fatalities previously recorded in care homes had been reclassified as resulting from ‘other causes.’
The overall death toll, therefore, fell by 217 to 28,022, while the number of confirmed cases rose to 143,427 from 142,903 a day earlier.
The ministry said the number of people in hospitals fell to 18,468 from 19,015 on Monday and the number of people in intensive care units dropped to 1,894 from 1,998.
Both numbers have been on a downtrend for five weeks and peaked at more than 32,000 and more than 7,000 respectively in early to mid-April.
Speaking for the first time since a strict nationwide lockdown ended on May 11, the ministry’s top official Jérôme Salomon warned people to maintain a safe distance when socialising with friends and family not seen in weeks.
“The virus is still there, and it is murderous,” he said, urging people who invite friends to their home to wear masks, air out the house after their friends leave and disinfect contact surfaces such as doorknobs.
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