France on Saturday reported a decrease day by day depend for deaths from COVID-19, declaring a “plateau” had been reached within the nation’s coronavirus epidemic, albeit at a really excessive stage.
Top French well being official Jerome Salomon mentioned 353 extra individuals had died in hospitals and 290 in nursing houses to convey the whole dying depend to 13,832. The day earlier, 554 had died in hospitals and 433 in nursing houses.
“A very high plateau for the epidemic appears to have been reached but the epidemic remains very active,” he instructed reporters. “We must absolutely remain vigilant.”
France has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to sluggish the unfold of the epidemic, with solely important journeys allowed that should be justified with a signed piece of paper.
For the third consecutive day, the variety of coronavirus sufferers in intensive care was down, with 121 fewer individuals in such items for a complete of 6,883.
Salomon mentioned that if the plateau development continues it means “we have succeeded in reaching a first step together and the lockdown is showing its first effects.”
But he warned: “It remains a very high plateau… there are still many hospital admissions… It is far too early — and not reasonable — to make predictions about the future.”
French President Emmanuel Macron is due on Monday to handle the nation for a 3rd time in the course of the disaster and is anticipated to announce that the lockdown will likely be prolonged past its present April 15 expiration date.
Macron must steer a cautious course amid the tentative indicators of enchancment, telling individuals they have to nonetheless keep at residence whereas giving indications about how the confinement could also be relaxed.
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