French coronavirus infections are slowing down again as more stores prepare to open

Workers decorate a window in a Tory Burch clothing store as non-essential stores prepare to reopen after weeks of lockdown to combat a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, Nov. 27 2020. REUTERS / Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus infections slowed again in France on Friday, the day before shops can resume selling non-essential goods, data from the Ministry of Health showed.

The number of new infections daily fell to 12,459, compared to 13,563 on Thursday and 22,882 last Friday. The cumulative reported total now stands at more than 2.19 million.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 decreased by 662 to 28,648 and the number of people in intensive care by 135 to 3,883, a continuing downward trend over the past two weeks.

President Emmanuel Macron said this week that a nationwide virus lockout could be lifted from October 30 to December 15 if by then the number of new infections per day has dropped to 5,000 and the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has decreased to between 2,500 and 3,000.

The Health Department also reported 957 deaths from the virus on Friday, including a three-day batch of 564 deaths in retirement homes and a 24-hour count of 393 in hospitals. On Thursday, 339 people died in hospitals.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Cynthia Osterman

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