France stories 365 extra coronavirus deaths, together with 16-year-old

Police officers escort an ambulance arriving to deal with sufferers contaminated with the covid-19 illness brought on by the brand new coronavirus, on March 26, 2020 in Nantes, forward of the arrival of a medicalized TGV high-speed prepare carrying sufferers from jap France, the place hospitals are overwhelmed. Loic VENANCE / AFP

France on Thursday reported that 365 individuals, together with a 16-year-old lady, had died from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the nation’s highest day by day toll.

Top French well being official Jerome Salomon instructed reporters {that a} whole of 1,696 individuals had died in hospital in France from the virus, emphasising that the toll doesn’t embrace those that died at dwelling or at retirement houses.

He mentioned that 29,155 individuals had examined constructive for the virus up to now in France, including that the true variety of circumstances was doubtless far larger as testing was reserved for high-risk sufferers.

As of now, 3,375 sufferers have been in intensive care out of a complete of 13,904 individuals hospitalised in France after turning into contaminated with the coronavirus, he mentioned.

He mentioned that the 16-year-old lady had died within the Ile-de-France area of Paris and its environment however mentioned no additional particulars could be given concerning the particular person.

“Severe forms (of coronavirus) with the young are very rare,” he famous.

Salomon mentioned that knowledge confirmed that 42,000 individuals had been registered by their common physician as having the coronavirus over the past week alone, once more exhibiting that testing in France is just revealing a minority of circumstances.

France has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to gradual the unfold of the epidemic and officers have repeatedly warned it should take time for he measures to bear fruit.

People in France are solely allowed to step exterior for urgent issues, reminiscent of purchasing.

“It is very difficult to estimate when the peak will come… people who are ill now were infected before the confinement began,” defined Salomon.

“Now there’s much less contact, individuals are going out much less and get contaminated much less. So we hope there will probably be fewer individuals getting sick subsequent week and fewer individuals going to hospital.

“This is the aim of putting a brake on the epidemic and limiting the peak and saturation of the hospitals. The next days will certainly be hard but then we all hope there will be an improvement,” he mentioned.

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