France becomes third country in Europe to pass 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

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France's official Covid-19 death toll rose on Thursday to more than 100,000, making the country of 67 million the eighth nation in the world to reach the mark, news wires reported.

Data from the health ministry said French hospitals registered another 300 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall tally to more than 100,000.

The moment prompted a message of solidarity from President Emmanuel Macron. “Since the start of the pandemic, 100,000 French women and men have succumbed to the virus. We are all thinking about their families, their loved ones, for the children who have lost a parent or a grandparent, the bereaved siblings, the broken friendships,” Macron said on Twitter.

France is the third country in Europe to record more than 100,000 deaths, after the United Kingdom and Italy.

The United States is the worst-hit country in terms of coronavirus deaths, at 564,000, followed by Brazil, Mexico and India.

France's fatality rate from the disease has now nearly doubled from just over 52,000 at the end of its second lockdown at the end of November.

France plunged into a third, partial lockdown at the beginning of April, as new infections were surging and hospitals getting close to saturation. An overnight nationwide curfew has been in place since mid-December, and all France’s restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas and museums have been closed since October.

Schools are set to gradually reopen starting 26 April. The government is anticipating that other restrictions will start being lifted around mid-May. The authorities expect that 20m people, about 38% of France's adult population, will have received at least one vaccine shot by that time, up from 11m now.

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