SANTE-CORONAVIRUS-FRANCE-ASSESSMENT: Coronavirus: More than 1,500 patients in intensive care in France, a first since the end of May
PARIS (Reuters) – The number of patients treated in intensive care in France for a Covid-19 infection passed the 1,500 threshold on Monday, a first since May 27, as the government seeks new ways to stem the recovery of the epidemic linked to the new coronavirus.
The total number of hospitalized patients exceeds 8,600, to 8,671, for the first time since June 29, data released by health authorities show.
France recorded 8,505 new cases of contamination in 24 hours on Monday, against 16,101 the day before, for a total of 743,779 since the start of the epidemic, and 96 new deaths, for a total of 32,825 deaths, according to figures https: / /www.santepubliquefrance.fr/dossiers/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-chiffres-cles-et-evolution-de-la-covid-19-en-france-et-dans-le-monde published by the Health agency Public France (SPF).
The number of new hospitalizations over the last seven days stands at 5,350, including 929 in intensive care, specifies SPF on its site.
The positivity rate reached 11.8%, against 11.5% on Sunday.
Referring to a “very difficult” situation faced with the “reality of a second epidemic wave”, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, did not rule out Monday ordering localized reconfinements in the country where the health crisis will last according to him several more months.
Emmanuel Macron is due to speak Wednesday shortly before 8 p.m. on TF1 and France 2 to discuss the health crisis, the Elysee said.
(Benoît Van Overstraeten, Nicolas Delame, Jean-Stéphane Brosse)