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The French Minister of Health rules out a new lockdown as the country registers its record peak per day

French Health Minister DECIDES another nationwide lockdown as the country records 8,975 new cases – the highest EVER – but only 28 new hospitalizations

  • French Health Minister Olivier Veran warned France to be vigilant if the cases do occur
  • The minister ruled out that another lockdown would be necessary
  • ‘I can’t imagine a general lockdown,’ said Veran, adding that the lockdown was a ‘lid on an overflowing cooking pot’
  • French health authorities reported 8,975 new confirmed cases yesterday, nearly 1,500 higher than the previous daily peak of 7,578 on March 31

France’s health minister has ruled out another lockdown a day after the country reported a record high a day of Covid-19 cases with 8,975 more infections.

Health Minister Olivier Veran said France needs to remain vigilant today as more people will be admitted to intensive care units in the next two weeks due to a flare-up of COVID-19 infections in recent days.

However, Veran ruled out the need for another nationwide lockdown, telling BFM television that France had other means of fighting the virus, including testing.

‘I can’t imagine a general lockdown. The closure was a lid on an overflowing cooking pot, ”he said.

France yesterday reported 8,975 new confirmed cases, more than 1,000 times higher than the previous daily peak of 7,578 on March 31.

However, so far the increase in infections has mainly affected young people who are less likely to develop complications from the virus. French hospitals, almost overwhelmed at the end of March, have been less burdened so far.

After falling steadily for months from a peak of 32,292 April on April 14, the number of hospital admissions on Friday rose 28 to 4,671, for the sixth day in a row.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran speaks at a press conference on the situation of the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in France at Hotel de Matignon in Paris, France, 27 August 2020

French Health Minister Olivier Veran speaks at a press conference on the situation of the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in France at Hotel de Matignon in Paris, France, 27 August 2020

The death toll in France was 30,686 people on Friday.

‘We are not all in the same epidemic wave as last spring. We’re on a slower trend, but one that should alert us, ”said Veran.

‘This week, an average of 55 patients a day were admitted to the intensive care units (ICU), which means that in our country we have an average of 1,500-2,000 people per month in ICU wards.

Former President, Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy accompanied by their daughter Giulia Sarkozy attend the wedding of their friend, Mayor of La Baule, Franck Louvrier with Sophie Jolivet at the town hall of La Baule today

Former President, Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy accompanied by their daughter Giulia Sarkozy attend the wedding of their friend, Mayor of La Baule, Franck Louvrier with Sophie Jolivet at the town hall of La Baule today

Former President, Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy accompanied by their daughter Giulia Sarkozy attend the wedding of their friend, Mayor of La Baule, Franck Louvrier with Sophie Jolivet at the town hall of La Baule today

“This is not neutral and we have to be extremely vigilant,” he added.

The current number of hospital admissions reflects infections acquired two weeks ago, Veran said.

So it is clear that in the next 15 days there will be an increase, it will not be huge, but there will nevertheless be an increase in the number of serious cases and in the number of people hospitalized and in ICU departments’

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