France sees further decline in coronavirus-related hospitalizations

The pressure on French health services continued to be eased as COVID-19 hospitalizations further declined, official data showed on Friday.

As of Friday, 17,383 COVID-19 patients remained in hospitals, a one-day decline of 200, confirming a downward trend reported since early April. Of the hospitalized, 1,701 are in intensive care, down by 44 over the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said.

Since the start of the epidemic, 100,038 people have been hospitalized for coronavirus infection. Of them, 64,209 people have left hospitals.

The ministry said that overall COVID-19-linked fatalities would be updated on Monday. As of Thursday, France had registered 28,215 deaths in total. E