“Tonight, our country is crossing a symbolic and particularly painful course,” said Jérôme Salomon on Monday evening during his daily press conference devoted to the coronavirus.
The epidemic has killed at least 20,265 people in France since the start of the epidemic, announced the Director General of Health. Among them, 7,752 people have died in nursing homes since March 1, and 12,513 in hospitals.
The Covid-19 killed “by far more than any flu epidemic, even the deadliest, and more than the heat wave of the summer of 2003” which left 19,000 dead, he said.
Slight decrease in the number of hospitalizations
30,584 people had to be hospitalized since the start of the epidemic, or 1,465 new people in the last 24 hours. The balance of admitted patients is therefore negative, but very weak since only 26 fewer people were hospitalized compared to the previous day.
According to Professor Jérôme Salomon, 37,409 people considered cured have been able to return home since the start of the epidemic, or 831 more people in 24 hours.
61 fewer patients in intensive care
With 208 people admitted to intensive care in the last 24 hours, the number of patients hospitalized in intensive care fell slightly for the twelfth consecutive day in France. 5,683 people are currently hospitalized there in serious condition, 61 less than the day before, according to Health Director Jérôme Salomon.
“The decline in resuscitation needs is confirmed, but it remains very slight and we are still at an exceptional level, much higher than the resuscitation capacity in France before the epidemic,” said Professor Salomon during his press conference daily, adding that the tension decreased “unevenly” on the national territory.
According to him, 32% of people admitted to intensive care are under the age of 60, and 85 patients are under 30 years of age. In the French overseas departments and territories, 108 people are hospitalized, including 34 patients in intensive care.
114,000 cases confirmed since the start of the epidemic
A total of 114,657 cases have now been tested positive for coronavirus on French soil since the start of the epidemic, according to figures reported on Monday by 1,291 French health establishments. In France, no less than 81,000 people have had to be cared for in the hospital environment since the start of the epidemic.
In addition, the Director of Health said that Europe had passed the 100,000 mark linked to Covid-19 on Monday.