France's coronavirus-linked deaths at 28,215  05/22/2020 01:30:28 

France on Thursday saw the death toll from the coronavirus increasing to 28,215 with 83 new deaths in the last 24 hours, lower than Wednesday's 110, according to figures released by the country's Health Ministry.

Fatalities recorded in hospitals rose by 58 to 17,870, while 25 succumbed to COVID-19 at nursing homes, bringing the total to 10,345.

In a sign that pressure on the French hospital system continued to ease, the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus infection declined by 358 to 17,583. Some 1,745 patients were in critical condition requiring life support, down by 49 in the last 24 hours.

As of Thursday, 318 new positive cases were detected, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 144,163, while a total of 63,858 patients had been discharged from hospital after recovery, a single day increase of 504.

"It is our ability to respect all good behavior that conditions the epidemic speed: protect ourselves, protect our loved ones, help health staff to break the chain of contamination by facilitating the strategy of testing, finding contact persons and isolation," the ministry said in a statement.

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