French death toll reaches 1,995 as lockdown extended to April 15th

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The 299 additional deaths in France represents a daily rise of 18%, a less-marked increase from the previous day. 

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French health authorities reported 299 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total to 1,995, as the government has decided to extend by two weeks the national lockdown, now due to end on April 15 at the earliest, reports Reuters.