PARIS

Coronavirus fatalities and hospitalizations decreased Wednesday in France but infections ticked upward, according to health officials. 

Thirty deaths at hospitals were registered, 12 less than what was reported Tuesday. The number of fatalities is 19,118. Fatalities in nursing homes are no longer reported with the last figure at 10,350.

The death toll in France stands at 29,575 with infections rising slightly to 158,174, an increase of 458 cases compared to the previous day.

The number of hospitalizations decreased Wednesday with cases coming in at 10,222, a drop of 268 patients. Those in intensive care fell to 772, down 48 patients.

Despite the severity of the virus, most patients experience mild symptoms and recover.

A total of 73,657 people have recovered in France from the pandemic and returned home.

After originating in China last December, COVID-19 has spread to 188 countries and regions across the world. Brazil and the US are currently the worst-hit nations.

The pandemic has killed more than 445,000 people worldwide, with infections exceeding 8.2 million, while greater than 4 million having recovered, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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