“All options on table” to contain COVID-19, situation in France’s hospitals worsening


PARIS, March 29 (Xinhua) — The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients in France reached the highest level since November, health authorities data released on Monday showed, while the government is weighing up more restrictions to contain the virus resurgence.

According to the data, 4,974 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units (ICU), outpacing the second epidemic wave peak of 4,903, but remains below the record of over 7,000 reported last April.

The COVID-19 hospitalizations, meanwhile, rose by 610, the biggest one-day increase in more than four months, to 28,322.

On Sunday, 41 hospital doctors in the Paris region signed an article in the weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, saying that “all the indicators show that the current measures are and will be insufficient to quickly reverse the alarming curve of contaminations.”

“We already know that our capacity to offer care will be overwhelmed,” they wrote. “We will be obliged to choose between patients in order to save as many lives as possible.”

France confirmed 9,094 new cases on Monday, taking the national tally to 4,554,683. The country’s death toll rose to 94,956.

Despite rising infections, the government has refrained from imposing a third full lockdown and kept schools open. It has opted for approaches at the regional level by ordering stricter rules in high-risk zones where non-essential shops are closed, and people are asked to work at home and not travel to other regions.

Earlier in the day, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said health conditions were worsening and “all options are on the table to guarantee the health security of French people.”

“If additional measures must be taken, they will be taken. The government is constantly adapting its plan to the reality of the health situation by trying to combine economic and social life,” he told France Info. Enditem


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