PARIS

France on Thursday saw a steep drop in coronavirus-related hospitalizations and a slower rate of infections.

There were 188 daily fatalities, a drop of 90 from the previous day, the Health Ministry said.

The overall death toll from the virus has risen to 25,987 in the country.

Meanwhile, the tally of infections is at 137,779.

Despite the severity of the virus, most people experience mild symptoms and recover. Since the beginning of record-keeping for the disease, 55,027 people have recovered in France and returned home.

After originating in China last December, COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has spread to 187 countries and regions across the world. Europe and the US are currently the worst-hit regions.

The pandemic has killed more than 267,400 people, with total infections at over 3.8 million, while over 1.26 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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