France records 292 virus deaths in a day, death toll reaches 2,606


France's director general of health Jérôme Salomon also said the number of known cases of coronavirus infection rose to 40,174 on Sunday from 37,575 a day earlier.

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French health authorities reported 292 new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, up 13% on the previous day and taking the total to 2,606 since March 1, as the government raced to relieve pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in the east, reports FRANCE 24.