France’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic rose by 297 or 1.1% over the past 24 hours to 26,357 after doubling to 29,709, the second highest in the European Union after the United States.

Although the total number of people who have died since the beginning of the epidemic in France on March 14 has risen to 248,298, the number of people who have shown symptoms of the disease is still less than the legal limit for three months.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the epidemic could not be under control unless countries brought their health agency “back into the equation.”

“The value of our health system is growing,” he said.

He added that there is a “combination of zero and negative” fever threshold for the virus and that he hopes this would be extended.

In Germany, which is shedding its long-overdue summer holiday, the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 fell from 380 on March 14 to 298 on April 11.

The number of people in intensive care units fell for a fourth day in a row to 7,455 on the same day, but authorities said they are now to trace some of the 1,696 people who have died.“(This) really means the end of the epidemic in Germany, not the beginning of it,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said, after a closed government meeting.

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