France recorded 471 new deaths in hospitals and 884 deaths in retirement homes due to the coronavirus, the country's chief medical adviser told a press conference on Thursday.

Iran PressEurope: France's Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon, announced the figures during a daily press conference making for the first time a distinction between coronavirus deaths recorded in hospitals and those in retirement homes.

He said that a provisional tally showed that around 884 people in total had died in nursing homes after contracting the virus.

He added that the number of coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals rose 12 percent on Thursday to 4,503 from Wednesday.

This makes for a total of 5,387 lives lost to coronavirus in France, so far.

Salomon cautioned that coronavirus deaths in retirement homes could turn out to be higher than the reported number, as authorities were still gathering data from across the country.

Worldwide, the total number of infections recorded since the beginning of the outbreak reached more than1,015,667. Some 212,991 people have recovered globally while nearly 53,200 have died.

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