The number of COVID-19 patients in French intensive care is decreasing again


People, wearing face masks, shop at a local market in Nantes amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in France, April 1, 2021. REUTERS / Stephane Mahe

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in France has fallen and the number of hospitalized patients has also fallen, the health ministry said on Saturday, a sign that the pressure on the medical system is easing.

Data from the Ministry of Health showed 5,877 people were in intensive care units with COVID-19 on Saturday, 37 fewer than on Friday. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients fell from 143 to 30,329, the fifth consecutive decline.

France imposed a third national lockdown this month in an attempt to stem its third wave of infections.

It recorded 189 new daily coronavirus deaths in hospitals within 24 hours. Overall, the death toll from COVID-19 in France crossed the 100,000 mark on Thursday, the eighth in the world.

There have been 35,861 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to data from the Department of Health. About 12.3 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

“We are in a phase that looks more like a plateau than an improvement (of the situation),” Bruno Lima, member of the scientific body advising the government on the COVID-19 pandemic, told the news channel BFM TV.

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