Coronavirus fatalities in France increased steadily on Tuesday to nearly 21,000, but the number of patients in intensive care registered its sharpest decline since the beginning of the outbreak.
Public health chief Jerome Salomon said the rate of increase of confirmed coronavirus cases, now 117,324 in total, was up for the second day running, but the number of people in hospital was down for the seventh consecutive day.
“This pandemic is massive. The virus is still circulating at a high level. We must keep up our full commitment”, Salomon told a news conference.
France reported 531 more coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total to 20,796, a 2.6 percent daily increase after 2.8 percent on Monday.