13.04.2020 Europe

French health ministry reaffirms that coronavirus plateau has been reached

© Reuters/Christian Hartmann
LISTEN APR 13, 2020
© Reuters/Christian Hartmann

In France, for the fourth consecutive day, the number of patients in intensive care fell with 35 fewer patients on Monday morning, bring the total number of people needing intensive care to 6,845.

French health ministry said that there were 315 deaths in hospital and nursing homes over the past 24 hours, compared with 345 a day earlier.

On April 6th, France recorded its highest daily number of deaths since the start of the epidemic, with 605 fatalities in hospitals,

"Stay vigilant"
"We must stay vigilant as the hospital and intensive care services are taking in very many patients,"  the ministry said in a statement.

It restated that it bleieved a "plateau" appears to have been reached but warned that the situation remained serious despite the slightly improved data.

France has been in lockdown since March 17th in a bid to slow the spread of the epidemic.

French President Emmanuel Macron is due  to address the nation late today for a fourth time since mid-March. 

He is expected to announce that the lockdown will be extended beyond its current 15 April expiration date.

(with AFP)

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