France coronavirus death toll surges past 1000

2020-03-24 22:18
Tourists in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 17, 2020, a few hours before the order of staying at home to all French citizens came into effect.

Tourists in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 17, 2020, a few hours before the order of staying at home to all French citizens came into effect. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Image)

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The coronavirus has killed another 240 people in France, the top French health official said on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in the country from the pandemic to 1 100.

Jerome Salomon told reporters that 22 300 people had been registered as testing positive for the virus in France, with a total of 10 176 hospitalised of whom 2 516 people are in intensive care.

Officials believe that the published number of those infected largely underestimates the real figure, as only those showing severe symptoms are usually tested.

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