New French coronavirus deaths sharply down

Benoit Van Overstraeten
Health officials say France's coronavirus-linked death toll is the fifth-highest in the world

The number of deaths in France from coronavirus infection has risen by 14 to 29,617, the lowest increase in five days.

But the number of new confirmed cases rose by 811 over the past 24 hours to 159,452, double the average daily number of new cases recorded since the beginning of June, which stands at 405.

If probable cases in nursing homes are taken in account, the total reaches almost 196,000, according to Reuters calculations, the 11th highest in the world on that basis.

New fatalities were halved compared with the two previous days, and were well below this week's daily average of 24.

France's coronavirus death toll is the fifth-highest in the world.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 infections fell by 155 to 9970, the first time that total has been below 10,000 in almost three months.

The number of people in intensive care fell by 25 to 727.