The coronavirus outbreak has infected 2,599 more people and killed 292 others in France as the country continues to struggle to conatin the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world by the throat.
A total of 40,174 positive cases were confirmed, of which 2,606 died, while 19,354 others were hospitalized, up by 10 percent in the last 24 hours. However, 7,132 infected people have recovered since the virus has been spotted on January 24, Xinhua press agency reported on Sunday.
Some 4,632 patients required life support, up by 359 in at some point , with 34 percent of them younger than 60 years, as per Salomon.
"The figure related to patients entering resuscitation units is the most important data, we must keep an eye on to evaluate our capacity to deal with severe cases, and because it reflects the virus's dynamics and impact," he said at a daily press conference on the COVID-19 epidemic.
Salomon warned that France was facing "an unprecedented national epidemic resulting in an unprecedented impact on the health system," reiterating the vital got to respect social distancing instruction and to remain reception to avoid hospital saturation.
Seeking to release medical care beds in the worst-affected regions, two adapted high-speed trains TGV transported 36 patients from Mulhouse and Nancy, eastern France, to the country's western coast on early Sunday.
By cancelling non-essential operations and organising recovery and operating rooms, hospitals offer now 10,000 beds, double the capacity when the outbreak began. the govt targets to feature 14,500 beds.
France, on St Patrick's Day, has imposed two-week containment to stem contagion. Only journeys for reasons of work, health needs or shopping of necessities are allowed. Public gatherings are banned, schools and universities are closed, all non-essential businesses have pack up , and curfew was imposed in many cities.
Tough restrictions on people's movement would remain in situ until a minimum of April 15. an extra extension would be likely, consistent with local media reports.