The seven-day moving average of daily COVID-19 deaths in France fell below 100 for the first time since October 27, official figures showed on Thursday.
And, a further sign that the virus finally seems under control a month after the country left its third confinement, the number of people in intensive care for respiratory disease has again fallen, from 77 to 2,677.
That number has more than halved since a peak of 6,001 reached on April 26.
The death toll from COVID-19 has increased from 70 to 109,828, the eighth highest total in the world. The seven-day moving average stood at 95 from 105 on Wednesday.
French health authorities reported 8,161 new confirmed cases within 24 hours, bringing the total to 5.69 million – the fourth highest total in the world.
The daily total has now fallen below 10,000 for a fifth consecutive day, a streak not seen since early September, and the seven-day moving average of new daily cases has fallen below 9,000 for the first time since September 19, to 8,350.
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