The week has kicked off on a positive note for France as the coronavirus outbreak appears to be lessening its grip on the country.

For the 12th consecutive day, the numbers in all sectors in which the virus is recorded have dropped.

France saw 553 fatalities on Monday, with 450 of those in hospital and 103 in nursing homes. Since the start of the outbreak, the total deaths in hospitals have stood at 12,513 and 7,752 in nursing homes.

“There is a drop, which is very small, the decline is very slow,” said Jerome Salomon, director-general of health, adding,

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