French COVID-19 intensive care numbers resume upward trend

FILE PHOTO: ICU for COVID-19 patients in Vannes

PARIS (Reuters) - The number of people in intensive care units (ICU) with COVID-19 in France increased by 52 to 5,757 on Friday, a nearly five-month high, after dipping on Thursday, health ministry data showed.

The ministry also reported 301 new deaths in hospital, compared to 343 on Thursday. Including deaths in retirement care homes, the seven-day moving average of COVID-19 deaths stood at 343 on Friday.

France also reported 41,243 new infections, down from 46,677 a week earlier.

(Reporting by GV De Clercq; Editing by Gareth Jones)