France COVID-19 death toll reaches 26,230

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Paris [France], May 09 (Sputnik/ANI): The number of coronavirus-related deaths in France has increased by 243 in the past 24 hours, official data published by the Directorate General of Health showed on Friday.
"Since March 1, we have registered with regret that 26,230 people died from COVID-19," the directorate said.
According to the official data, a total of 16,497 people died in hospitals and 9,733 In nursing homes.
About 22,700 patients remain in hospitals, and 2,868 of them are in intensive care units, compared to 2,961 on Thursday.
France is preparing to start loosening coronavirus restrictions on Monday after weeks of declining hospitalization rates. It restricted movement and closed nonessential businesses on March 17. (Sputnik/ANI)