June 24, 2020 / 4:18 AM / 2 months ago

France's COVID-19 daily death toll jumps with weekly nursing homes data

FILE PHOTO: Customers sits on sidewalks outside the Mesturet restaurant amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 57 to 29,720 on Tuesday, more than twice as much as Monday, with the health ministry including weekly data for the death toll in nursing homes.

The French COVID-19 fatalities tally is the fifth highest in the world.

The number of people who died in hospitals increased by 26 to 19,232, compared to 23 on Monday and an average of 20 over the past seven days.

The ministry also reported that in the past seven days 31 people died of the virus in nursing homes, less than half of the 73 reported a week ago and in line with the 34 total of two weeks ago.

The number of newly confirmed rose by 517, almost 150 more than Monday and above both the daily average of 507 seen over the last seven days and the 414 daily average since the beginning of June.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 infections fell by 202 to 9,491, and those in intensive care fell by 19 to 682. Both numbers have been on a downtrend for at least 10 weeks.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Mark Heinrich

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