PARIS (Reuters) – France will renew the national lock until April 15 after reporting the largest daily death toll from coronavirus, the prime minister said on Friday and officials warned hospitals. Around Paris can be overloaded for 48 hours.
Medical staff, wearing protective overalls and masks, wait for patients to seek medical advice at a COVID-19 emergency center inside a gym in a pub near Paris when the spread of coronavirus continues in France, March 26, 2020. / Gonzalo Fuentes
After the end of these first 10 days, it is clear that we are just beginning the epidemic wave, Canh Edouard Philippe told reporters after the cabinet meeting. It has flooded the East and is now coming to Ile-de-France (Greater Paris) and Hauts de France (northeast).
President Emmanuel Macron imposed a lockout on March 17 until the end of the month to slow the spread of highly contagious respiratory disease.
But doctors say they are preparing for a new wave of cases next week after the government conducted local elections and thousands of people mingled in parks and streets before they were detained in home.
The capital and its suburbs now account for more than a quarter of the 29,000 confirmed cases of coronaviruses in French hospitals, with nearly 1,300 currently receiving intensive care.
Worldwide, the pandemic infected more than 551,800 people and killed nearly 24,900. (nL8N2AB5TN) …
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