PARIS (Reuters) -France reported 4,271 people in intensive care units with COVID-19 on Saturday, 81 fewer than on Friday, the 12th consecutive day that this key metric has fallen.
The country also reported a daily total of 112 deaths in hospital of people who had tested positive for the coronavirus, compared with 173 a day earlier.
The French government is due to lift some coronavirus restrictions from May 19, with bars and restaurants set to re-open. It has also stepped up its vaccination campaign and on Saturday hit its goal of giving 20 million people at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine by mid-May.
"The situation is improving, we are in a position to move on to the next phase," Prime Minister Jean Castex said in televised comments.
(Reporting by Sarah White, Blandine Henault and Gwenaelle BarzicEditing by William Maclean and David Holmes)