France sees decrease in coronavirus infections
Friday saw a significant dip in coronavirus infections in France, along with hospitalizations.
A total of 23,794 new cases were recorded, compared to 33,172 on Thursday, a drop of 9,378 infections. Confirmed cases since record-keeping began now stand at 1,922,504 million.
2,882 ARE IN INTENSIVE CARE
Hospitalizations dropped as well, with 17,895 reported, with 2,882 of those patients in intensive care, a number trending downward in recent days. Friday marked two weeks of a second nationwide lockdown in France and descending numbers might give hope that the spread of the virus is abating.
A hopeful statistic reported this week is the reproduction rate, which dropped below 1 to 0.93 for the first time since July, according to authorities.
The reproduction rate is the rate at which the virus is passed from person-to-person, ideally held below 1. Ninety-nine departments throughout the country remain in a vulnerable position with 3,698 clusters of infections considered serious.