France coronavirus death toll jumps 240 to 1100

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LISTEN MAR 25 2020

Salomon said health authorities would soon be able to tabulate data coming from retirement homes, which will likely trigger a more dramatic increase in registered fatalities.

Similarly, France has seen a big leap in the number of deaths due to the COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

French authorities reported 240 new deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday for a total of 1,100, an increase of 28% that made France the fifth country to cross the 1,000-fatalities threshold after China, Italy, Iran and Spain.

The rise in coronavirus tolls came as the official INSEE statistical agency said French economic activity and household spending are running at about 65 percent of normal levels due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Italy has recorded more coronavirus-related deaths than anywhere else in the world.

"Confinement and testing procedures are very completely different within the two nations, even between areas in Italy", he stated.

In France, which instituted a nationwide lockdown on March 17, the variety of new infections grew at a mean price of 26% per day all through March, however on Tuesday the speed has slowed all the way down to a mean 15%.

He also said that the number of new infections was hard to compare with other countries as, unlike most of its neighbours, France has not been testing all suspect cases.

But M Salomon said earlier this week France would soon be able to carry out up to 10,000 tests a day.

The French government has warned that the virtual lockdown imposed to restrict the spread of the flu-like infection could last up to six weeks.

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