Paris (AFP)

Nearly 300 Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours, but the number of intensive care patients continues to decline for the 5th consecutive day, according to official statistics published on Saturday.

Data from the French public health agency (SpF) show 276 deaths in the space of 24 hours in hospitals, against 386 the day before, bringing the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus to 48,518 since the start of the disease. epidemic in France.

While the peak of the second wave has undoubtedly been crossed, according to the health agency which called on the French to remain vigilant on Friday, the noose is slowly loosening on the hospital.

The intensive care unit was occupied by 4,493 Covid patients on Saturday, including 220 new admissions.

A figure which continues to fall for the 5th consecutive day.

The day before, these services had 4,566 Covid patients, including 264 new admissions.

In total, 31,365 people carrying the virus were hospitalized on Saturday (regardless of the severity of their condition), against 31,875 the day before.

In the same vein, the test positivity rate (proportion of the number of positive people compared to the total number of people tested) continues to fall: 14.8% on Saturday against 15% the day before.

Note also the best in terms of the number of new cases.

On Saturday, that figure stood at 17,881, compared to nearly 23,000 the day before.

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