The incidence rate has soared in Paris to 400 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants. Hospitals in the French capital are stretched to the limit. Patients are being referred to other regions and there are more than 4,200 people in French ICUs, the highest number since November. The French government has decided on a new containment to halt the spread of the virus.
Paris on the brink
The French government has announced that measures to curb the coronavirus in the Ile de France region, the capital of which is Paris, will be tightened from the weekend.
“This afternoon there will be discussions with the Ile de France and Hauts de France regions and the adjoining departments” to get the opinion of local officials on the proposed measures, government spokesman Gabriel Attal told a press conference after the Council of Ministers meeting.
With nearly 1,200 patients hospitalised in ICUs, Paris is the region with the highest incidence rate in the country. The government considers that France is experiencing a form of a third wave of the coronavirus in the country.
Increase in cases
France has reported 38,501 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a marked increase from the 29,975 reported the previous day.
The number of deaths from the coronavirus is also on the rise, with 357 people dying in French hospitals as a result of the disease.
There are 25,314 people hospitalised with coronavirus, of whom 4,219 are in serious condition in intensive care units in French health centres.