PARIS – Patients infected with the virus now occupy more than half of intensive care units in France and some doctors are calling for stricter restrictions after a new record jump in confirmed infections.
Dr Jean-François Delfraissy, head of the government advisory body on viruses, expressed surprise on Monday at the “brutality” of the increase, after more than 52,000 new cases were reported on Sunday.
Speaking on RTL radio, he pitched the idea of local lockdowns or extending curfews from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in France, which currently cover around half of the country and over two-thirds of its population. .
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The number of people hospitalized in France with the virus has increased sharply in recent weeks, once again putting pressure on ICUs. COVID patients now occupy more than two thirds of ICUs in the Paris region.
Dr Eric Caumes, head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at the Pitié-Salpétrière hospital in Paris, told Franceinfo on Monday that “we have lost control of the epidemic, even if it does not date. yesterday ”.
France is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, with 34,761 deaths linked to the virus. It currently registers more than 340 positive cases per 100,000 people nationwide every week.
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Delfraissy warns that this latest wave of the virus could be “stronger than the first” and is spreading across Europe.