PARIS – France is at its center The second wave of corona virus infections Hospitals are now sweeping much of Europe, causing new patients to rise, and in some places pushing the government to consider tougher new regulations.
The country saw 50,000 daily cases over the weekend, while seven-day new daily cases rose more than 50% in the past week to nearly 36,429 on Monday. This compares with a seven-day average of 69,967 cases in the United States, five times the population.
In response, President Emmanuel Macron said tough new controls could be put in place to deal with Europe’s largest corona virus outbreak, as previous measures do not seem to be enough to contain the spread.
Earlier this month, French authorities issued a curfew in the Paris region and nine other cities from 9pm to 6am.
A close presidential aide said the government was now considering previous curfew orders in many parts of the country and weekend locks that would drastically reduce the movement of individuals to viral hotspots such as Paris and keep them locked up at home.
Covid-19 cases were confirmed for one million people daily, a seven-day rolling average
Source: European Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Mr. Macron meets with members of his government on Tuesday and Wednesday morning to decide what action to take. Mr. Macron will address the nation on Wednesday evening.
Rise of infectious diseases France has seen a sharp rise to much of the continent this fall, reversing Europe’s successes over the past summer, with severe, nationwide locks in many European countries pushing epidemics to a trickle.
Now, European governments are struggling to respond to the second wave, hating to impose new locks that will increase the economic pain already inflicted on their countries by the corona virus infection, but are concerned about the continued rise in hospitalizations and deaths.
Jean-Franசois Del Friesy, a physician and immunologist who leads a scientific team advising the French government on how to deal with the epidemic, said the number of new daily infections in France this week is likely to continue to rise to close to 100,000 a day.
“The second wave will be worse than the first wave,” Dr. Delphriesi said.
Epidemiologists say France has been slow to increase the number of Govt-19 cases that began in the summer. After a two-month national lockout that paralyzed its economy, it was able to reduce the number of new daily cases to less than 400 by the end of spring. But with summer approaching and cold temperatures approaching, the government has failed to defend its tough struggles.
As they reunited with friends and family and flocked to restaurants and theaters, many stopped following the socio-remote recommendations too closely, epidemiologists and health officials say. Some revived the country Regular double cheek kissing, Which was sidelined in the spring.
The night curfew ordered by French authorities in the Paris region and nine other cities last week was extended to 38 French locations – or two-thirds of the French population – as the epidemic accelerated across the country. But epidemiologists say it may be too late and too late.
“It’s almost not enough,” said Martin Blachier, a Paris-based epidemiologist. “People are constantly socializing.”
France’s neighbors are also fighting a dangerous rise in epidemics. In Belgium, the number of new daily cases in the small EU country has increased by almost 40% in the past week, local health officials said on Tuesday. The country says more than 100,000 people have died in the past two weeks than in any other European country.
New infections are also on the rise in Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom.
While confirmed cases are part of the overall outbreak, the greatly extended test revealed a greater number of infections than in the spring.
“That number will be very different depending on the country’s testing strategy,” said Catherine Hill, a French epidemiologist and biologist.
The number of covit-related deaths in France is comparable or lower than in other EU countries, although such figures generally reduce epidemics by several weeks.
But the death toll in France is rising rapidly. On Monday, 258 Kovit patients died in French hospitals, a record since it was locked up in May. At the height of the rise in infections and deaths last spring, Covid died of almost 900 deaths every day in French hospitals.
Hospital beds are also being filled. The seven-day average of new hospital admissions rose more than 60% last week to 1,867 on Monday. In the Paris region, two-thirds of beds in intensive care units are occupied by cov- ers, health officials say.
Eric Kumes, head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Diseases at Pitti-Sulfatrier University Hospital in Paris, one of the largest hospitals in the country, says his unit is already full.
“We have been running after the virus for weeks. We should have taken strong action before, ”says Dr. Kummes. “It simply came to our notice then. The country must go back to a locked state, ”he added.
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