France reports 2,606 novel coronavirus deaths, up 13% from previous day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 29, 2020, 11.18 PM(IST)

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The daily government tally only accounts for those dying in hospital but authorities say they will be able to compile data on deaths in retirement homes from next week, which is likely to result in a big increase in registered fatalities.

French health authorities on Sunday said that 292 died due to novel coronavirus on Sunday, up 13% from the previous day and taking the total to 2,606 since March 1.

The daily government tally only accounts for those dying in hospital but authorities say they will be able to compile data on deaths in retirement homes from next week, which is likely to result in a big increase in registered fatalities.

The number of known cases of infection rose to 40,174 on Sunday from 37,575 a day earlier, Jerome Salomon, the head of the public health agency said.

Meanwhile, the government authorities raced to relieve pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in the east.

(With inputs from Reuters)