The number of patients with COVID-19 in French intensive care is falling again

People wearing face masks buy at a local market in Nantes amid an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, April 1, 2021. REUTERS / Stephane Mahe

The number of patients with coronavirus in intensive care units in France has dropped, and the number of patients in hospitals has decreased, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday, as a sign that the pressure on the medical system is weakening.

Data from the Ministry of Health showed that 5,877 people were in intensive care units with COVID-19 on Saturday, 37 less than on Friday. The number of patients with COVID-19 in the hospital dropped by 143 to 30,329, the fifth consecutive drop.

France imposed a third blockade across the country this month to try to stop its third wave of infections.

It registered 189 new daily coronavirus deaths in hospitals within 24 hours. Overall, the French number of COVID-19 casualties on Thursday exceeded the limit of 100,000, the eighth largest in the world.

Data from the Ministry of Health showed 35,861 new confirmed cases of coronavirus. About 12.3 million people received at least one dose of COVID vaccine.

“We are in a phase that looks more like a plateau than an improvement (situation),” Bruno Lima, a member of the scientific body advising the government on the COVID-19 pandemic, told BFM TV.

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