France records 218 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, lowest tally since end-March

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The number of people who died of coronavirus infection in France increased by 218 to 24,594 on Friday, the lowest daily increase since the end of March, government data showed.

Health Ministry chief Jérôme Salomon said the number of people in intensive care units fell to 3,878 from 4,019 on Thursday, down for a 23rd consecutive day.

The number of people in hospital with coronavirus also fell again to 25,887 from 26,283, also continuing an uninterrupted fall since more than two weeks.

Salomon said the daily death toll of 218 included 79 new fatalities at care homes for the elderly, where the total number of Covid-19 deaths has reached 9,225.

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