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“Tonight we reach the symbolic and painful threshold of 20,000 deaths,” Salomon said. “The pandemic is far from being over, and has killed more than other epidemics.”
France has been on lockdown since March 17, and President Emmanuel Macron announced a week ago that confinement measures would be extended to May 11.
Less than 10 per cent of the French population has been exposed to the virus, Salomon said.
“The speed of the epidemic has slowed down a lot thanks to you,” Salomon said.
The country’s statistics agency estimates that social-distancing measures, school and store closures and restrictions on movement have shut down 35 per cent of the economy.
Moving to moderate containment from full lockdown could lift economic output by about 20 per cent, according to an estimate by Bloomberg Economics.
France’s daily coronavirus figures have fluctuated amid inconsistent reporting from nursing homes, which were first included in the tally this month.
The number of people hospitalised due to the coronavirus fell to 30,584, the lowest in almost two weeks.
Patients in intensive care, an indicator of the outbreak’s intensity and its impact on the country’s hospital system, dropped for a 12th day to 5683. France has more than doubled ICU capacity, from 5000 beds at the start of the outbreak.