An indication studying informations in regards to the security restrictions due to the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) on the entrance of a seashore on the Promenade des Anglais, after France reopened its seashores to the general public because it softens its strict lockdown guidelines, in Good, France, Could 16, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (1) – French well being authorities reported 96 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, because the nation eases from a two month lockdown.

In a press release, the well being ministry mentioned the determine had fallen barely from 104 fatalities on Friday. This brings France’s whole to 27,625, the fourth-highest tally on the planet, after the US, Britain, and Italy, and simply forward of Spain.

The ministry mentioned the variety of individuals in hospital fell to 19,432 from 19,861 on Friday and the variety of individuals in intensive care dropped to 2,132 from 2,203 on Friday.

Each numbers – key indicators for the French well being system’s means to address the epidemic – have been on a downtrend for 4 to 5 weeks and peaked at over 32,000 and over 7,000 respectively in early to mid-April.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Modifying by Edmund Blair and Alexandra Hudson