The Paris Marathon was scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 5, but France finds itself in another race against the clock to beat the coronavirus which has so far killed 8,078 people in the country.
The country’s current death toll includes 357 deaths in hospitals and 161 in nursing homes.
The country reported a total of 70,478 cases, while 51,557 of them were hospitalized, including 6,978 in intensive care. The figures were announced Sunday evening by Director General of Health Jerome Salomon in his daily press briefing.
The number of people in intensive care has only increased by 140 compared to the previous day – a significant drop and a positive sign. To date, 16,183 patients have recovered.
Known as the Schneider Electric Marathon, the largest running race in Paris has been postponed to October 18.
On March 17, President Macron granted a 14-day national lockout, extended last week by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe until April 15.
As the number of infections stabilizes and the curve flattens, the next few days will be crucial to consider further extension of the lockdown and whether certain sectors of the population can be allowed to resume daily life .
Originating in China last December, COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, has spread to at least 183 countries and regions around the world, its epicenter moving to Europe.
Worldwide, more than 1.2 million cases of coronavirus have been reported, with more than 68,000 deaths and more than 258,400 recoveries, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.
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