France recorded the highest number of deaths from coronavirus since April as the president, Emmanuel Macron, prepares new measures to control the spread of the disease.
Deaths related to the virus increased by 523 to 35,541, reported health authorities on Tuesday. It’s the biggest daily increase since April 22, before the end of France’s national shutdown.
Macron will give a televised address Wednesday night to announce new initiatives to tackle the second wave of the virus, his office said. Prime Minister Jean Castex plans to present “vital” new measures to both houses of Parliament on Thursday. France reported four consecutive days of record cases last week, and the weekly rate of infections has increased for 25 days.
“Even in the most worrying forecasts, we did not expect this acceleration and brutality,” said Professor Gilles Pialoux, infectious disease specialist at the Tenon Hospital in Paris, in BFM TV. “We are facing weeks that will be more than difficult. I hope that the decisions are drastic, because we will not achieve it with half measures ”.
Cases in France are increasing exponentially, he said Gabriel Attal, Government Spokesperson, after a meeting with parliamentary leaders. In the next two weeks, the level of patients in intensive care could rise to the maximum level of the first wave, he said. France registered a maximum of 7,148 COVID-19 patients in ICUs on April 8.
Confirmed covid-19 cases rose by 33,417 on Tuesdaywhile the seven-day average that smoothes out fluctuations rose to more than 38,000, having doubled in less than three weeks. France reported a record 52,010 new cases on Sunday.
Hospitalizations for the virus rose from 1,194 to 18,978, the biggest spike since April 2, while the number of patients in intensive care increased by 148 to 2,918, the highest level since early May.
Covid-19 patients now occupy 57.5% of France’s intensive care beds, increasing almost 3 percentage points since Monday and up from 42.9% a week ago, according to health authorities.
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