Coronavirus: Emmanuel Macron under pressure after France sees huge increase in cases | World | News


France recorded 8,975 new cases of the virus on Friday, nearly 1,500 more than the country’s previous record of 7,578 which was recorded on March 31. Apart from Spain, France has the highest number of COVID cases -19 accumulated over 14 days according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. With a current case count of 30,686, France has a cumulative number of cases of 111.6 while Spain has 240.6.

Due to the high number of cases in the country, some schools were forced to close after only reopening on Tuesday.Given the escalating situation in the country, Health Minister Olivier Veran has warned that the country must remain vigilant.

The need for caution has been further heightened as medical experts have revealed that the use of intensive care beds will increase in the next 15 days.

Hospitalizations in the country rose by 28 on Friday, bringing the total to 4,671.

He added: “This week, an average of 55 patients were hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU) each day, which means that we are on average 1,500 to 2,000 people hospitalized in ICU per month in our country.

“It is not neutral and we have to be extremely vigilant.

“It is therefore obvious that in the next 15 days there will be an increase, it will not be massive but there will nevertheless be an increase in the number of serious cases and the number of people hospitalized and in intensive care units.

Although cases are increasing rapidly, Mr Veran insisted that a second national lockdown will not take place.

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The French government, however, encourages employees to return to work.

Although delayed, Mr Macron unveiled a £ 88 billion recovery package aimed at helping restart the economy.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said the money will be spent over the next two years.

This package was also four times larger than the one used after the 2008 financial crisis.


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