Coronavirus: 20 796 deaths in France, +531 deaths in 24 hours

Coronavirus: 20 796 morts en France, +531 décès en 24 heures

Paris | The epidemic of COVID-19 killed 20.796 people in France since the beginning of march, including 531 deaths since Monday, but the pressure on hospitals continues to progressively decrease, announced Tuesday the director general of Health.

In total, 12 900 people died in the hospital, or 387 more since Monday, and 7896 in the medical retirement homes and other medico-social establishments (+144), said Jerome Solomon during his daily press briefings.

But the number of people hospitalized and in the icu continues its slow decrease.

For the thirteenth consecutive day, the number of people in intensive care, an indicator is heavily scrutinized by the professionals as a barometer of the pressure on the hospital system, is down: 250 people in less than 24 hours, a figure higher than in recent days (-61 Monday, -89 Sunday, -194 Saturday)…

However, 5433 people remain in intensive care, still more than the initial capacity of France in the field prior to the start of the epidemic, which were of 5000 beds.

In the icu, “we have gone from 5000 to 10 000 beds, and that nobody imagined possible,” said Mr. Solomon, who warned that the capacity of 10 000 could not be held “long” as “related to the deprogramming” of some operations.

And for the seventh consecutive day, the number of hospitalized persons decreased also: they were on Tuesday, 30 106 in France, 478 less in 24 hours.

“The circulation of the virus remains at a high level, so we need to remain fully engaged,” repeated Jerome Solomon.

“What we did today and tomorrow will affect the number of patients in the icu on the 11th of may”, the date on which will start the déconfinement progressive in France, pointed out the number 2 the ministry of Health. “We are all standing on the brake, and we can all have an influence on the number of patients in the icu on the 11th of may,” he insisted.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 39 000 people were out healed of the French hospitals.

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