France Reports Its Lowest Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Since Late March

May 3, 2020, 5:25 PM
The French government says it is extending a public health state of emergency (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/AFP...
The French government says it is extending a public health state of emergency (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/AFP via Getty Images)
(ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNN) — France has reported its lowest daily death toll from COVID-19 since March 22.

The virus claimed the lives of 135 people in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday’s release, according to French Health Ministry figures.

Since the beginning of March, 24,895 people have died of COVID-19 in France and the country has recorded 131,287 confirmed cases of the virus.

As of Sunday evening, 25,815 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, with 345 new admissions recorded over the previous 24 hours.

The number of people in ICU decreased further, with 3,819 patients in intensive care. That number has continually fallen since April 9.

Emergency measures to be extended

On Saturday, the French government announced it would further extend its coronavirus state of emergency to July 24. The emergency was initially declared in late March and had been set to expire May 11.

The extension is part of a set of measures to be proposed to Parliament on Tuesday, Health Minister Olivier Veran said in a news conference.

Veran addressed reporters following a cabinet meeting on the coronavirus crisis. He said that lifting the emergency order earlier would waste the “considerable efforts made by the French people.”

“If we were to decrease overnight on May 11 the efforts we made, we can bet that all these efforts, made admirably by the French people, would have been in vain,” Veran said.

Other proposed measures include limiting foreign travel and introducing a quarantining process for some travelers entering France.

“The government’s objective is not to prevent the French people from traveling; the government’s objective is to prevent the virus from traveling,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said at the news conference.

Castaner added the proposed measures would not include restrictions on people traveling between districts within France.

Quarantine measures

Veran said Saturday that people entering France from “abroad, Corsica and other overseas territory” could be quarantined under the new measures, but Sunday the Elysee Palace told CNN a quarantine would not apply to travelers from the Schengen Area of the European Union and the United Kingdom.

This is regardless of the nationality of those traveling to France, the palace said.

The Schengen Area is a zone of 26 European countries that allow people to move freely among them. It includes countries such as Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Poland.

The Elysee Palace would not comment on whether travelers from the United States would be subject to quarantine measures if entering the country.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Intermountain Medical Center (KSL TV)...
Emily Ashcraft

Pandemic led to increase in rate and severity of depression, Intermountain study says

The COVID-19 pandemic had a large impact on mental health, specifically depression, an Intermountain Health study using research from thousands Utah patients found.
18 days ago
Emily Ashcraft

Masks no longer required at Intermountain Health facilities, 3 years after pandemic started

Intermountain Health announced wearing masks will become optional for visitors and patients beginning March 15, following an anticipated decline in respiratory illnesses.
21 days ago
woman blowing her nose on a couch...
Paul LeBlanc

New assessment on the origins of COVID-19 adds to the confusion

Three years after the start of the pandemic, researchers are beginning to look more into how COVID-19 began and its origins.
26 days ago
Flu COVID test...
Jen Christensen, CNN

FDA authorizes first at-home test for flu, Covid-19

If you've got a fever and a cough, you don't necessarily have to go to the doctor anymore to find out if it's the flu or COVID-19.
28 days ago
Ashley Moser

COVID long-haulers push lawmakers to approve funding for treatment research

The request for $4,000,000 would help U of U Health’s Comprehensive COVID-19 Clinic, which has seen 1,800 long COVID-19 patients since July of 2021.
1 month ago
Katija Stjepovic

Utah arts and cultural jobs are surging after COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic pulled the curtains on most of Utah's arts and cultural jobs, but after nearly three years, they are reemerging. 
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
France Reports Its Lowest Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Since Late March