France to extend containment as coronavirus death toll nears 11,000


PARIS: France reported on Wednesday April 8 positive data related to the coronavirus, the increase in the number of deaths in the hospital slowing down again, but the presidential palace declared nevertheless that the national locking aiming to contain the disease would be prolonged.

The lockdown, which went into effect on March 17 and has already been extended once, will now go beyond April 15, a widely expected decision.

French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation regarding the new plight of coronaviruses on Monday evening, the presidential palace added.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the lockout had helped contain the spread of the coronavirus, but said it was not yet time to lift the restrictions.

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The number of people who died from coronavirus infections in French hospitals increased by 8% in one day – compared to 9% Tuesday and 10% Monday – for a cumulative total of 7,632, said the director of the health agency public Jerome Salomon. conference.

But he added that the figures for the day were incomplete because, due to technical problems, the authorities were unable to record data from nursing homes, which account for more than 30% of total deaths.

The total number of deaths, including figures for Tuesday’s nursing homes, is up 5% to 10,869.

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Solomon also noted that the rate of new admissions to intensive care units, almost stable at 0.2%, had slowed for the ninth day in a row.

“It is an important indicator. But the pressure on hospitals remains extremely high, ”he said.

Italy, the country with the highest number of coronavirus deaths at 17,669, ordered a national foreclosure eight days earlier than France and reported on Wednesday a fifth daily decline in people in intensive care.

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