French coronavirus death toll hits new high as nursing home tally swells 1

French coronavirus death toll hits new high as nursing home tally swells


Paris: As the government included previously unreported deaths in nursing homes, the total number of French coronavirus deaths reached a new high on Saturday.

The Department of Health reported on Saturday that there were 441 new deaths from COVID-19 in hospitals in the country – down from the high of 588 reported on Friday – the total number of hospital deaths was 5,532.

For the third consecutive day, the Department of Health has reported the cumulative record of nursing home deaths since the outbreak in early March, which has never been reported before.

This has resulted in an increase of 2028 deaths in national statistics. The total number of deaths is 7560, which is an increase of 1053 from the cumulative number reported on Friday.

Previously reported deaths in nursing homes now account for nearly a third of all coronavirus deaths.

“This pandemic is totally unprecedented. It is imperative that people respect confinement, now is not the time to ease up,” health ministry director Jerome Salomon said at a daily briefing.

According to Solomon, the hospital-confirmed coronavirus infections rose by 4,267 cases to 68,605, up 7%, but slower than 9% last Friday.

But he also said that the number of “confirmed or probable” cases in nursing homes increased by 20% to 21,348. Solomon did not classify confirmed cases and possible cases.

Along with hospital and nursing home cases, there are 89,953 confirmed or suspected cases in France. Epidemiologists say the number of cases is difficult to compare with other countries because some countries have more extensive testing policies than France.

Solomon said 28,143 people were hospitalized because of a COVID-19 infection. The figure shows that compared to the day before the resignation of 2,111, the net subscription was 711 more.

He said there were 6,838 severe cases of coronavirus in intensive care. In the last 24 hours, 502 new cases received intensive care, an increase of 3% from the 641 cases from the previous day and 729 cases on Thursday.

“This slowdown of the increase is good news but we want a decrease. We still have more patients coming into ICUs every day which means more pressure,” he said.

Italy reported on Saturday that the number of people in intensive care has fallen for the first time.

Solomon said the pressure to find new spaces under intensive conditions is diminishing. This trend is due to the fact that more and more people are leaving the hospital, which is an important indicator of how the hospital reacts and uses available resources.

“The number of people who have recovered is also increasing rapidly, because we have 15,438 people who have come out of hospital cured, and thousands of others who stayed confined at home and have also recovered,” Salomon said. 

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