French hospitals record 588 coronavirus deaths; total reaches 5,091

France's director general of health, Jérôme Salomon, also said at least 1,416 people had died at care homes since the start of the epidemic.

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French hospitals recorded their highest death toll in 24 hours with 588 new fatalities from coronavirus, the country's chief medical adviser told a press conference on Friday, as the total toll including retirement homes rose to more than 6,500, reports FRANCE 24.