France coronavirus deaths exceed 10,000


Posted at Apr 08 2020 02:17 AM | Updated as of Apr 08 2020 03:17 AM

People walk observing safe social distance in Paris during a lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France on April 7, 2020. Gonzalo Fuentes, Reuters

France has officially registered more than 10,000 deaths from coronavirus infections on Tuesday, becoming the fourth country to go beyond that threshold after Italy, Spain and the United States, while the rate of increase of fatalities is up for the second day running.

During a news conference Jerome Salomon, head of the public health authority, said number of people who died from the disease in French hospitals had risen by 9% in a day to a cumulative total of 7,091, versus 10% on Monday

But he added that including partial data about the number of people who have died in nursing homes, the total death toll from the disease rose to 10,328 from 8,911 on Monday, a rise of 16%, versus 10% Monday and 7% Sunday. - with Agence France-Presse