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France reports 66 hospital COVID-19 deaths over last 24 hours – Metro US

France reports 66 hospital COVID-19 deaths over last 24 hours

FILE PHOTO: Transfer operation of a COVID-19 patient in France
FILE PHOTO: Transfer operation of a COVID-19 patient in France

PARIS (Reuters) – French hospitals recorded 66 COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday, a further decline from the previous day’s seven-month low of 70.

The fatalities increased the hospital death toll to 82,296 since the start of the pandemic.

France also reported 2,229 new confirmed cases of the virus on Monday, the last day of a long public holiday weekend that may have slowed testing.

That compared with 9,704 new cases reported on Sunday, when the one-week rolling daily average fell below 13,000 for the first time since late last year.

Hospitals admitted 260 new COVID-19 patients over the last 24 hours, the data also showed.

(Reporting by Laurence Frost and Gwenaelle Barzic; Editing by Gareth Jones and Barbara Lewis)

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