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France: 17,167 coronavirus fatalities

France has reported 1,438 more deaths from Covid-19, including 924 from care homes, bringing the total death toll from the coronavirus outbreak to 17,167.

At a daily briefing on the situation in France, Jérôme Salomon, the head of the health authority, also announced 2,632 new confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total tally of infections to 106,206 so far.

The number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 was down 513, while the numbers in intensive care fell by 273. The number in intensive care has now fallen for the seven days in a row.

Salomon said more than 30,000 people have returned home after hospital treatment.

There has been a decrease in the number of hospitalizations in the last day, along with a further decrease in the number of hospitalized patients in intensive care.

The French Armed Forces Ministry said on Wednesday that 668 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle Naval Group, the majority of them on the carrier.