France reported 427 more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday to increase the total to over 24,000, but there were also new drops in the number of patients in the hospital and intensive care unit.
The total number of deaths in hospitals and nursing homes from the virus in France is now 24,087, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
The daily number was slightly higher than the 367 deaths announced on Tuesday.
However, the latest figures confirm recent recent optimistic trends with 650 fewer coronavirus patients in the hospital and 180 fewer in the intensive care unit.
The new numbers were released a day after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe outlined France's strategy to loosen its block from May 11.
Shops and some schools are reopening, but cafes and restaurants will remain closed for the time being, while wearing a mask is mandatory for public transportation.
He emphasized that the government had struck a fine line between the need to protect the economy and at the same time ward off the danger of a new wave of infections.
"A little too much negligence and the epidemic starts again. A little too much caution and the whole country is sinking," he told Parliament Tuesday.