New coronavirus cases in France have plummeted after two weeks of a nationwide lockdown, according to data from the country’s health ministry.
Health officials reported about 23,794 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, down from 33,172 on Thursday — and less than half of the 60,486 new cases reported last Friday.
Hospitalizations for the virus also dropped sharply, with just 24 people in the entire country — one of Europe’s hardest-hit — admitted to the hospital on Friday, compared to 737 on Thursday. The number of patients going into intensive care fell to just four from 96 on Thursday.
However, health officials reported a slight uptick in coronavirus-related deaths, with the country’s seven-day moving average of the death toll increasing by 15 to 575 — a level last seen at the end of April during the first lockdown.
In the middle of the summer, France’s seven-day moving averages of death fell to single digits.
On Thursday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex assured that the nationwide lockdown would remain in place until December as planned, France24 reported.
Any loosening of the restrictions after December 1 would also be “strictly limited” to certain businesses and would exclude bars and restaurants, he said, adding that one in every four deaths in the country were now due to COVID-19.
New COVID-19 cases plummet in France during second week of lockdown Wire Services/ New York Post.