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Health & Fitness Covid-19 in France: "We have greatly broken this epidemic" according to the Director of Health

23:55  17 april  2020
23:55  17 april  2020 Source:   france24.com

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In France, 761 patients have died in the last 24 hours, while the number of people hospitalized and in intensive care continues to decrease, according to latest figures announced on Friday. "We have severely broken this epidemic. [...] But let us not let up on our efforts," announced the Director of Health.

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A slow but steady decline. For the third consecutive day, the number of people hospitalized decreased by 115, for a total of 31,190, said Jérôme Salomon during his press briefing. The number of people in intensive care is also declining, for the ninth day in a row, with a decrease of 221 patients, to 6,027 patients. "It is a drop in resuscitation needs which is confirmed but I remind you we are at an exceptional level of resuscitation needs", said the Director General of Health.

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The number of people who died during the past 24 hours stands at 761. A very slight increase, since 753 deaths had been recorded the previous day. A total of 18,681 people have died of coronavirus in France since the start of the health crisis, taking into account hospitals, as well as nursing homes and other medical and social establishments, announced the Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon.

"Let us not relax our efforts"

With the containment measures, "we have greatly broken this epidemic", assured Jérôme Salomon. "The first wave was very much attenuated by all the French, they must be aware of it," he said.

But, "let us absolutely not relax (...) our efforts", concluded Jérôme Salomon, while the French population has been confined since March 17. "As you can see, confinement is starting to bear fruit. There are fewer hospitalized patients, there are fewer patients admitted to intensive care [...]. We must therefore continue our efforts in confinement."

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More than 6,000 patients remain in serious condition today, with an estimated more than 30,000 recovered patients discharged from hospital in the country. The total number of cases recorded in France since the start of the epidemic amounted to 109,252. It was 108,847 on Thursday.

Internationally, Jérôme Salomon estimated that if Europe remains very strongly impacted with more than a million cases on its territory, the United States is currently the most affected country in the world.

With AFP and Reuters

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