– Five hundred and seventy people have died in nursing homes in France’s eastern region since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the regional public health authority said.
France became the fourth country to pass the 4,000 coronavirus deaths threshold , but that does not include deaths outside hospitals.
Fatalities in nursing homes have surged, with dozens of deaths reported across the country. Officials have held back on directly linking the deaths to the coronavirus given the age and health condition of many who have died.
“As of March 31, 411 nursing homes have been affected by COVID-19 out of 620 in the region,” the Grand-Est Public Health Authority said in a statement. “Five hundred and seventy people have died in total.”