France’s health ministry said 25,201 people were now confirmed to have died from the virus in the country in hospitals and nursing homes. Over the last 24 hours, 306 people died from COVID-19,double the figure of 135 from the day earlier.
According to the latest figures, the more positive recent trends continued, with 123 fewer patients suffering from the coronavirus in intensive care to make a total of 3,696 receiving such urgent treatment.
Nationwide, there were also 267 fewer patients in hospital for coronavirus treatment, making a total of 25,548, the ministry said.
The spike in the daily death toll came as French Prime Minister Édouard Charles Philippe on Monday stood by a plan to begin easing the country’s lockdown May 11 despite concerns the government is moving too fast to reopen schools as well as doubts over the availability of face masks.