France announced on Tuesday that it had crossed the threshold of 15,000 deaths related to the novel coronavirus, with Jerome Salomon, head of the public health authority, saying that as many as one in 10 in the country may have been infected during the outbreak.
Saloman said that 762 people have died from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing France’s total death toll to 15,729. France is the fourth country to announce a death toll higher than 15,000, following the United States, Italy and Spain.
In addition, the total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in France is now also past 100,000, according to the French figures, standing at 103,573.
The announcement came as European countries consider whether to relax their social distancing rules as the number of infections and deaths plateau. Italy’s numbers, for example, have slowed from their peak two weeks ago.
Italy announced 2,972 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the lowest daily tally in a month, with the number of cases in the country’s outbreak reaching 162,488. Italy’s Civil Protection Agency reported 602 deaths in its daily briefing earlier in the day, bringing the total to 21,067.
Britain’s Department of Health and Social Care on Tuesday reported 778 additional deaths involving covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths across the country from the outbreak to 12,107.
The full extent of the impact may be higher: The British government’s figures include only hospital deaths of those who tested positive, leaving aside those who die at home or who were not tested.
Separately, new data from Britain’s Office for National Statistics showed that more than 1 in 5 deaths in England and Wales were linked to the coronavirus in the week ending April 3.
Spain’s health ministry announced Tuesday that 3,045 new infections were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 172,541 — the smallest daily increase since March 20. The death toll in that nation rose by 567 to 18,056, according to the figures.
Spanish officials have said that the country has passed its peak of the outbreak and has begun to implement measures to relax lockdowns. However, the British, French and Italian governments have said the time is not yet right to lift their own restrictions.