France Reports 17,881 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases In 24 Hours
The health ministry also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours, against 386 on Friday.
Total deaths in France from the virus now stand at 48,518, of which 33,231 in hospitals.
The number of patients in intensive care units also dropped for the fifth consecutive day and was down at 4,493.
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech to the nation about the virus situation and may announce a partial relaxation of nationwide lockdown rules which have been in place since Oct. 30.
The retail industry hopes to be able to reopen shops selling “non-essential” goods such as clothes, shoes and toys.
Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday he hoped this could happen “within a few days”.
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