French coronavirus hospitalizations drop for third day in a row By Reuters

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PARIS (Reuters) – France reported 22,139 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, up from 23,448 on Thursday and 22,858 last Friday, as the trend held steady but the number of patients in the hospital fell for a third. consecutive day. The cumulative number of cases increased to 3.29 million. The number of people hospitalized with the virus dropped by 194 to 27,614 and the number of people in intensive care dropped by five to 3,245, slightly easing the pressure on the French medical system. The Health Ministry also reported 651 new deaths from coronavirus, including 358 deaths in nursing homes over a three-day period, out of 357 deaths Thursday in hospitals alone. France has recorded a total of 78,603 deaths from the virus, of which nearly a third were in nursing homes. The ministry said in a separate statement that 1.84 million people had already been vaccinated and 234,923 had been given a second dose. On Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the coronavirus situation in France remained fragile but that for the moment there was no need for a new national lockdown.

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