PARIS: Death toll from coronavirus in France has risen to 22,279, fourth in the world after the United States, Italy and Spain, Health Director General Jerome Salomon said in a daily conference on the epidemic.
The number of people who succumbed to COVID-19 increased 1.8% on a daily basis, less than 2.4% on Thursday and 2.6% on Wednesday, the Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
Hospitalization data showed a “slow and steady decline,” providing relief to caregivers. The number of patients in intensive care units fell from 183 to 4,870, which is less than the country’s initial capacity of 5,000 beds.
Despite the encouraging signs, “the circulation of the virus remains at a high level,” Salomon warned.
“We must continue our collective efforts to reach the lowest level of virus circulation on May 11. To succeed in imprisonment, we must succeed together in seclusion by strictly respecting barrier gestures and social distancing, ”he said.
A study published Thursday by the French School of Public Health (EHESP) indicates that the blocking measures could have prevented 60,000 deaths in France.
“It is very likely that we have collectively saved tens of thousands of lives by respecting confinement, and perhaps even more,” said Health Minister Olivier Veran early in the morning at France Inter, a public radio station. French national.
“(The study) demonstrates the necessity and success of containment, which must be maintained for several weeks,” he said.
The French government should facilitate the May 11 lockdown by promoting a gradual return to daily life, increasing testing and launching a contact tracking application to help stem a resurgence of the virus.