July 13, 2020 / 6:37 PM / a month ago

Coronavirus hospitalisations keep declining in France

FILE PHOTO: A French doctor, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, holds a test tube after administering a nasal swab to a patient at a testing site for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cambrai, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - France on Monday reported a new fall in hospitalisations as a result of coronavirus infections as well as a diminution of patients in intensive care units in a new sign its healthcare system is able to cope with the pandemic for now.

The Health ministry said the number of people in hospital with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, fell to 6,983 from 7,062 as of July 10, continuing a weeks-long downtrend.

The number of people in intensive care units was down to 492 from 496.

The total death toll, in France, stood at 30,004.

Reporting by Matthias Blamont, Editing by Franklin Paul

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