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France Covid-19 map: More departments in green

Last night’s map of France classifying departments as red, orange or green dependent on the circulation of Covid-19 and their hospitals’ ability to cope with new cases shows three departments have changed from orange to green.

The departments are the Gers, Loire-Atlantique and Mayenne.

Such maps are being shown every night and the map revealed on May 7 (showing just red and green) will be used by the government and local authorities to help shape the way deconfinement will take place locally.

Departments in red will have more restrictions than the departments in green. The colours red or green will help local authorities to take decisions, for example on the reopening of schools, the Prime Minister earlier said. In red departments, collèges (secondary school from age 11-15) for example may not reopen as well as parks and communal gardens.

Departments currently in orange will be changed to red or green for the map on May 7 as this is the map which will be taken into account for deconfinement.

There are currently 32 departments in red, 50 in green, and 19 in orange.​

Three maps are shown every evening as two indicators are used to make them. The first is the circulation of the virus according to the number of patients going to emergency units for suspected cases of Covid-19 (whether confirmed or not). The second shows the capacity of hospitals to treat patients according to the number of beds available in intensive care. The third map, as shown above, is a combination of those two maps.

All the maps can be found on the French Health Ministry's website.

There have been 24,895 deaths (in hospitals and care homes) from Covid-19 in France since the start of the epidemic.

There were 135 deaths in the 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday - 96 in hospitals and 39 in care homes.

There are currently 3,819 patients in intensive care – this represents eight patients less than the day before.

However, 245 people have been able to go home while 345 have been hospitalised in the last 24 hours, the national health agency Santé Publique France states.

There have been 131,287 reported cases of the virus since the beginning of the epidemic in France, with 92,799 people hospitalised.

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