France reported 369 more coronavirus deaths on Saturday, a drop from the previous day, with the number of people in intensive care declining for the 17th consecutive day.
While 22,614 people have died from the virus in France since early March, health officials said that hospital mortality was the lowest in a month with 198 deaths within 24 hours.
However, 171 died in old people's homes and nursing homes, and officials said they were concerned about an increase in critically ill patients suffering from different conditions.
Intensive care units across France are currently treating more than 7,500 people – 50 percent more than the country's total capacity before the epidemic broke out.
Despite some encouragement, the system was still under pressure, officials said.
"The increase in the number of patients in the intensive care unit shows that patients with chronic diseases have to be cared for and looked after in emergency situations," said a statement.
"If nursing … (by people with chronic problems) is interrupted for a long time, their illnesses become more serious."
Officials asked people with chronic illnesses who are sick not to be afraid to contact their doctors or caregivers.