France's reports lowest new coronavirus cases since early March

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk at Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower, as France began a gradual end to a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, May 16, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s new coronavirus cases fell below the 100 threshold for the first time since March 4 on Wednesday and the number of additional deaths linked to the disease was also sharply down.

According to health ministry figures, there were only 81 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, to 161,348, versus 517 on Tuesday and a daily average of 453 seen over the last week.

The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 11, to 29,731, compared to 57 a day before, when the weekly data for nursing homes were included, and an weekly average of 18.

France’s death toll is the fifth-highest in the world.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Franklin Paul and Angus MacSwan