World Coronavirus: Jean Castex on a surprise trip to Argenteuil hospital

01:55  24 february  2021
01:55  24 february  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Le Premier ministre Jean Castex s'est rendu au centre hospitalier d'Argenteuil, dans le Val-d'Oise. Un déplacement surprise dans cet hôpital afin de constater la © BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP Prime Minister Jean Castex went to the Argenteuil hospital center, in Val-d'Oise. A surprise trip to this hospital to see the "mobilization of caregivers" but also the "tension" of the system due to the coronavirus epidemic. The head of government in particular exchanged with the staff.

Prime Minister Jean Castex was on a visit early Tuesday evening at the Argenteuil hospital, in Val-d'Oise, in order to see the "mobilization of caregivers" but also the "tension" of the system due to the coronavirus epidemic, noted an AFP journalist. The head of government arrived at around 7.15 p.m. in this establishment which is part of a group of five hospitals between the south of Val-d'Oise and the north of Hauts-de-Seine, west of the capital.

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A visit to the emergency services

He must in particular visit the emergency services, where 70 beds are occupied by Covid patients, and those for resuscitation, almost entirely dedicated to patients with the epidemic. The Prime Minister spoke with the nursing staff. He was to congratulate him on his "mobilization" but also discuss with him the current "tension" linked to the epidemic situation, indicates the entourage of Jean Castex. At Argenteuil hospital - the third most populous city in Île-de-France - some 70 beds are dedicated to hospitalization of Covid-19 patients, compared to 240 in March and April 2020, at the peak of the first wave.

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