Coronavirus: France in a “very high plateau” of the epidemic, high mortality

CORONAVIRUS. In the absence of an "epidemic peak", the Coronavirus epidemic in France enters a "very high plateau" according to Jérôme Salomon, Director General of Health, which highlights a very high mortality which seems to last.

In France, what are the things to remember this Saturday, April 11?

Coronavirus A dead child in Ile-de-France. During the assessment presented last night, the Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon deplored the death of a child under 10 years old, affected by the coronavirus. The young victim, living in Ile-de-France, suffered from other pathologies and the “causes of death” can be “multiple”, said Jérôme Salomon.

France in a “very high plateau”. A “plateau seems to be starting, a very high plateau,” said Jérôme Salomon last night. If he recognizes a “very slight slowdown of the epidemic”, he also alerted to the risk of the slightest loosening in containment measures. The number of new deaths has been close to or more than 1,000 in total for several days in the daily reports (987 last night).

Exploding mortality. The excess of general mortality in week 14 (March 30 – April 5) reaches an “exceptional level” of + 48% according to the terms of the Director General of Health. Today, excess mortality affects 10 regions and 40 departments, including 7 “at an exceptional level”, mainly in the Grand Est and in Ile-de-France.

Mask requisitions. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner admitted yesterday to parliamentarians that the state requisitioned several million masks imported from China at Basel-Mulhouse airport, to the detriment of orders from local authorities. During a joint delivery, the balance owed by the importer to the State turned out to be incomplete. By a decree, the Haut-Rhin prefecture then decided to “dig” from the stocks intended for the Grand Est and Bourgogne Franche-Comté regions and for the Bouches-du-Rhône department. The Minister acknowledged that the “method was inappropriate”.

Reinforced controls this weekend. Like the previous weekend, some 160,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized to control and avoid departures for the Easter holidays this weekend, according to the Interior Ministry. In the Bouches-du-Rhône, where the holidays begin, containment controls will be reinforced on the coast, main roads and massifs. In Corsica, “only one adult per family” can do their shopping. In Nice, nine districts are subject to a curfew from 8 p.m. instead of 11 p.m.

50 cases on the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier. The Ministry of the Armed Forces announced on Friday the confirmation of fifty cases of coronavirus on board the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. Among these patients, three sailors were evacuated “as a preventive measure” to Toulon, the home port of the ship.

What is the latest assessment of coronavirus in France?

The latest report, delivered Friday evening by the Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon counted nearly 125,000 cases detected in France since the start of the epidemic and more than 13,000 deaths (Ehpad included). Here are all the figures for this Friday:

  • 124,869 cases in total (Ehpad included), or 7,110 more
  • 90,676 cases detected by PCR, or 4,332 more
  • 13,197 deaths in total (Ehpad included), or 987 more
  • 31,267 hospitalizations in progress, i.e. 500 more
  • 7004 people currently in intensive care, or 62 fewer cases
  • 25,000 people discharged from the hospital, or nearly 1,800 more
  • 8,598 deaths in hospital, or 554 more
  • 34,193 cases in nursing homes, or 2,778 more
  • 4,599 deaths in nursing homes, or 433 more

NB: the data relating to people hospitalized and in intensive care presented above correspond to the number of patients in treatment and not to the accumulation since the beginning of the epidemic. In total, 65,420 hospitalizations have been recorded since the arrival of Coronavirus in France. Similarly, hospitalizations and additional resuscitation cases in 24 hours correspond to net figures, taking into account cures and deaths. In the last 24 hours, roughly, 3,161 more hospitalizations were recorded and 431 admissions in intensive care. Figures that start to rise again after 2990 and 369 in the balance sheet on Thursday evening. Jérôme Salomon clarified that 98 people currently in intensive care are under the age of 30. In nursing homes, the number of cases reported by Public Health France is a number of confirmed and “suspected” cases. The strict number of cases confirmed in Ehpad is 10,082, said Jérôme Salomon.


David T

David T is a french Medical student, during its free time, he is writing for The Medical Progress and helping us to understand better the Coronavirus.

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