Paris: France reported on Wednesday that since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, France has had the highest number of deaths per day as a result of COVID-19, saying 509 people have died in hospitals, bringing the number of deaths to 4,032.
Health official Jerome Salomon told reporters in a daily update that 24,639 people in France are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, of whom 6,017 are in intensive care. The death toll on Tuesday rose by 499.
The French figures only include those who died in hospitals, not those who died at home or in the elderly.
The number of confirmed cases also increased from 4,861 to 56,989. However, many cases have not been registered due to the lack of test equipment.
According to Salomon, the number of intensive care units exceeded the capacity of the intensive care unit of about 5,000 before the French crisis.
To prevent the epidemic from spreading, France has been blocked since March 17, and officials have repeatedly warned that it will take time to take these measures.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that when delivery is finally over, it can be a gradual process.
He said it would probably not be “all at once, everywhere and for everyone” indicating it could be subject to where people live, testing and their age.
He said the ability to test further in the coming weeks and months will enable the government to determine the proportion of the infected population and thereby the immunity of the French.
France is currently running 30,000 tests a day, much less than neighboring Germany, a weakness repeatedly pointed out by the right-wing opposition.
But France hopes that with the arrival of serological blood tests and then the rapid test that can yield results in minutes, the efficiency of the tests will improve significantly in the coming days and weeks.
The government’s strategy is to limit the peak period of the epidemic so that the health system is not overwhelmed.
Hospitals are under enormous pressure in the east of the country (one of the hardest hit areas) and around Paris. More than a hundred patients will also be transferred from Paris to other parts of France on Thursday.
Home Secretary Christophe Castaner warned residents to cancel school holiday travel plans starting this weekend and promised to punish unnecessary sports.
Health Minister Olivier Veran, who questioned the inventory of protective equipment and virus test kits, said “the future will be more difficult.”
However, he added that the number of patients admitted to the intensive care unit “also shows signs of hope.”
He added that France had ordered “one and a half billion masks” inside and outside the country.
But Philippe Juvin, chief of emergency services at Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, warned CNews, “We are fooling ourselves about the seriousness of this disease.”