In France, more than 17,000 people have now died from the effects of the coronavirus, a health official said Wednesday.
The total number of patients currently hospitalized has fallen for the first time since the onset of the epidemic.
A total of 17,167 people have now died of coronavirus in French hospitals and nursing homes, compared to 15,729 the day before.
The figure is not only from the past 24 hours but also includes delayed data from the Easter weekend.
The better news is that there were 513 fewer coronavirus patients in hospitals than a day earlier, the official said.
The number of confirmed infections in France increased from 103,573 on Tuesday to 106,206 on Wednesday.