Kovid-19: France reports more than 10,000 new coronovirus cases in record surge


A new daily record in France on Saturday saw more than 10,500 coronovirus cases. The previous record of 9,843 infections was set just two days earlier.

Critical numbers – 10, 561 – underlie the virus’s resurgence in France, as countries across the continent also grapple with increasing casiolad and hospitalization numbers.

French health health officials reported that 772 groups were screened in the last 24 hours, an increase of 86.

In the past week, 2,432 people have been hospitalized with the virus, including 417 who are in intensive care.

The number of deaths in hospitals and nursing homes rose from 17 to 30,910 in the past day.

In response to Thursday’s record increase in new cases, the French government outlined additional measures to revert to the general lockdown imposed earlier in the year.

Prime Minister Jean Castex promised to speed up trials and take steps to toughen local measures in high-transition areas.

France’s test capacity reached 1 million per month last week, compared to only a fraction at the start of the epidemic. It has carried out a total of less than 6 million tests since the virus’s first hit.

Mr Castex, who came out of self-isolation on Saturday after coming in contact with someone infected with the virus, said the epidemic in France was “clearly worsening”.

“For the first time in several weeks, we are not increasing the number of people hospitalized enough,” Mr. Castex said on Friday.

And in Marseille, which has emerged as a hotspot, doctors sounded the alarm after all 70 intensive care beds in the city and occupied the nearby Bouches-du-Rhône area on Tuesday.

The number of ICU virus patients in the region has doubled in the last 10 days and now exceeds 100.

Area hospitals are again activating emergency measures when the epidemic first hit, and people have been put into units for non-virus patients by running out of space.

The Leverian Military Training Hospital chief physician described The Associated Press as fighting on two fronts.

Overall, French officials say they are better prepared this time than in March, when the infection quickly skyrocketed and the military moved to transport patients and build France’s first-ever field hospital Had interfered.

The rise of France in cases has been subject to comparisons across the channel, where Britain is seeing daily transitions at levels not seen since May.

England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty held France as an example, as he did not justify Boris Johnson’s new “Six Rules” rules.

Coronavirus cases are increasing ‘rapidly’ among young people, warns Chris Whitty

Based on the graphs showing the number of cases in the UK, France, Spain and Belgium, Professor Whitty said: “What you can see is following a pattern that is similar to France, and in France the rate has steadily increased. It is the same in Spain.

“But the same kind of graph was forming in Belgium, but then they took decisive action and at that point stabilized the rates and started coming down.

“This is a clear indication that if you act swiftly and decisively when these changes are happening there is a good chance of getting the rates back under control.”

His comments were echoed by former Chief Scientific Advisor Sage member Sir Mark Walport as he warned the virus “on the edge of losing control”.

“You’ve only got to see on the channel what’s happening in France, what’s happening in Spain,” he told BBC Radio 4 today program:

He said: “The short answer is the only way to stop the spread of this infection is to reduce the number of people with whom we come in contact, which reduces the risk.

“It is a very, very good balancing act, very important to get young people back to school, people to university, but it means we have to get back our contacts in other areas.”

The professor said he was “definitely” still working from home, adding: “Where people can work from home, there is a very strong argument that they should do this.”

Additional reporting by agencies