The use of hospital beds by Kovid-19 patients in the French city of Marseille is “close to saturation” amid a sharp increase in infections.
Surgery rates have declined to 312 per 100,000 since September.
New boundaries are being introduced around Marseille and in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.
A country that recorded a big jump in cases on Saturday.
10,561 new infections in 24 hours represented the largest increase since the start of large-scale trials.
Sunday and Monday figures were lower – as it is for weekend reporting – but the seven-day rolling average that eliminated these irregularities led to an increase in infections for the 28th consecutive day.
Research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that the coronovirus epidemic in France has recorded more than 425,000 infections and about 31,000 deaths.
Why new measures?
On Friday, Prime Minister Jean Castex warned of “worrying developments” in the department of Marseille and its Bouches-du-Rhône and Bordeaux. He called for the adoption of new measures by Monday.
In a briefing on Monday, the director-general of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Health Agency, Philippe de Maestre, said the rate of positive tests had reached 10.6% in Marseille and 8.5% in the Bouches-du-Rhône overall.
Intensive care was close to capacity overload. Jean-Olivier Arnaud, director of the Marseille Hospital, said that 31 of the 35 resurrection beds and 129 of the 155 dedicated Kovid patient beds were in use, adding: “We are not far from saturation.”
“We are at the top of the national rankings of the departments whose position is developing most unfavorably,” Mr. de Mester said.
Yon Bubin, a Bordeaux hospital director and a member of the government’s Kovid Scientific Advisory Council, said the city had “grown very rapidly in the last 10 days”.
“All the warning signs are flashing red,” he said.
What are the remedies?
In Marseille and Bouches-du-Rhône until 1 October:
- Mass meetings for the public for 1,000 people with a minimum distance of one meter (3 feet)
- Student parties banned and school outings suspended
- No private meetings of more than 10 people, including beaches and parks, in high-risk areas
- Masks from 27 high risk areas in the department from 06:00 (04:00 GMT) to 02:00 (00:00 GMT), excluding large outlying areas
Very similar measures were introduced for Bordeaux, including a 1,000-person limit on mass gatherings and a 10-man limit in private meetings.
Additional police will be deployed to implement the measures in Bordeaux with the situation being reviewed in “two or three weeks”.
In addition, the Monte-Carlo International Festival, scheduled for January, the world’s largest circus event, has been canceled.