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The French coronavirus death toll has reached 18,681, head of the country’s health authority Jerome Salomon said at a press conference broadcast on the Health Ministry’s Twitter account.

“As many as 11,479 people died in hospitals, and another 7,203 passed away in elderly care homes and other social facilities. A total of 18,681 people have died since the epidemic broke out,” he said, adding that 82% of the deceased were older than 70 years of age.

According to Salomon, 243 patients were taken into intensive care in the past 24 hours. A total of 31,120 people remain hospitalized and 6,027 are in intensive care.

As many as 1,620 patients recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 34,420. “This is very important, this is good news,” the health authority’s chief pointed out, emphasizing the need to maintain the lockdown.

Source: TASS, April 17, 2020