Second wave of COVID-19 coronavirus in France becomes potentially fatal as hospitals struggle to keep up

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Emmanuel Macron is an example of European leaders.

All are struggling with a virus that reappears as the second wave crosses the continent.

The French president was determined not to institute a second lockdown and to further harm the French economy.

He held on, but the virus has now forced his hand.

This week, he instituted a state of emergency and imposed a strict curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Paris and eight other metropolitan areas.

“The virus is everywhere in France,” he said.

” We need to act. We must stop the spread of the virus, ”French President Emmanuel Macron said.(Reuters: Christian Hartmann)

Mr Macron had no choice but to act, and he may still need to go much further as the French hospital system is on the verge of being overwhelmed.

‘The situation is critical’

Professor Djillali Annane, head of the intensive care unit at Raymond Poncaire hospital in Paris, gave the ABC a chilling account of what’s to come.

“We are really close to being saturated in the ICU, we are very close to the missing beds to admit new patients,” said Professor Annane.

A group of health workers in PPE surround a male patient on a stretcher
Some experts suggest the country’s medical system is on the verge of being overwhelmed.(Reuters: Eric Gaillard)

Europe is engulfed by a second wave of COVID-19 and there is a very real and frightening possibility that it could be worse than the first.

Professor Annane predicts that in two months, the daily death toll will return to levels seen at the height of the first wave of the pandemic in the spring.

Then the numbers have systematically exceeded a thousand deaths per day.

He warned that doctors will soon have to decide which patients most deserve ICU care.

Professor Annane said that in his large public hospital in the French capital, up to 70% of beds are now occupied by patients with COVID-19, making it difficult to manage those admitted with others. conditions and diseases.

“We are also entering the flu season,” he warned.

“So basically COVID-19 is going to merge with the flu season so we won’t see blue skies until next spring. “

Growing viruses across Europe

Health worker in PPE holds tampon over man's face
The number of coronavirus infections is rising sharply after France managed to bring its number of cases under control in July.(Reuters: Christian Hartmann)

The virus’s summer reprieve, when the number of cases dropped dramatically, is now over.

There is a further increase in the number of coronavirus cases in almost every country in Europe.

This is not surprising given that governments have been warned that the rapid lifting of restrictions to allow people to take advantage of the summer months and restart economies would lead to a resumption of the virus.

In France, as in Spain and the UK, the government has clearly lost control, but Mr Macron does not want another national lockdown.

In the UK, too, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is determined not to inflict the “misery” of a second national lockdown on the people.

London is the latest city to have improved England’s three-tier warning system.

The capital is now at level two, or “high” alert, which means households can no longer mix inside.

The Spanish government has ordered a 15-day state of emergency in the capital Madrid and the number of cases in the Netherlands has doubled in a week.

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