The death toll in France from the coronavirus has now risen above 10,000.
Latest figures show 10,238 people died from the virus since 1 March. In the past 24 hours, 607 deaths have been recorded in hospitals.
A further 820 deaths were recorded in nursing homes. However, they may have taken place over several days and are only now being added to the toll.
France has been under lockdown since 15 March, with fines for violations.
In the last 24 hours, 607 people died in French hospitals – almost exactly the same number as in the previous 24 hours – and 820 deaths were reported from care homes. However, this last figure is difficult to assess because it probably includes deaths that took place over the weekend or in care homes that have only now been able to provide their figures.
The epidemic is still in its “upward phase,” Director of Health Jérôme Salomon said, with the number of daily deaths, hospitalizations and critical cases still going up. “The peak has not been reached,” he said.
However, there are signs that the rate of growth is slowing. The number of critical cases was up only 59 on the previous day, because the rise in new cases (518) was largely compensated by people coming off the critical list.
Doctors have expressed cautious hope that the worst scenario – of hospitals being overwhelmed – has been avoided.