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French health officials on Saturday announced another 80 deaths from the new coronavirus, the lowest figure recorded over 24 hours since early April.

The figures for those in also fell, with 38 people admitted for .

The death toll in France now stands at 26,310, one of Europe’s highest.

Just four of the latest fatalities were registered in nursing homes, a spectacular fall compared with daily figures for recent weeks, against 76 who died in hospital.

France is on Monday due to begin relaxing confinement restrictions imposed eight weeks ago with