Véran’s announcement came shortly after officials reported 18,129 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, with the daily tally remaining above 18,000 for the second day in a row after Wednesday’s historic high of 18,746.
The health minister urged the public to help fight the virus by wearing face masks and keeping distance from others, even at home where there has been a worrying increase in the number of young people infecting limbs of the older and more vulnerable family.
Meanwhile, hospitals in the Paris region went into emergency mode on Thursday, canceling staff vacations and postponing non-essential operations, with coronavirus patients accounting for nearly half of all intensive care unit (ICU) patients.
The number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 peaked at 7,624 people in three months nationwide, an increase of 88 over 24 hours. This total is still lower than the April 14 high of 32,292, but up from the August 29 low of 4,530.
There were 11 more patients in intensive care units for the disease, a total of 1,427, nearly four times higher than the July 31 low of 371.
The number of people who have died in France from Covid-19 has increased by 76, a figure above the seven-day moving average of 73, and now stands at 32,521.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)