New COVID-19 cases plummet in France during second week of lockdown

New COVID-19 cases plummet in France during second week of lockdown


New coronavirus cases in France have plummeted after two weeks of a nationwide lockdown, according to data from the country’s health ministry.

Health officials reported about 23,794 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, down from 33,172 on Thursday — and less than half of the 60,486 new cases reported last Friday.

Hospitalizations for the virus also dropped sharply, with just 24 people in the entire country — one of Europe’s hardest-hit — admitted to the hospital on Friday, compared to 737 on Thursday. The number of patients going into intensive care fell to just four from 96 on Thursday.

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However, health officials reported a slight uptick in coronavirus-related deaths, with the country’s seven-day moving average of the death toll increasing by 15 to 575 — a level last seen at the end of April during the first lockdown.

In the middle of the summer, France’s seven-day moving averages of death fell to single digits.

On Thursday,

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