Coronavirus: Patient Transfers are Accelerating in France

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Coronavirus: Patient Transfers are Accelerating in France 1

France has 2,606 deaths and 40,174 cases of infection, including 19,354 hospitaliSations, linked to Coronavirus Covid-19.

France is still accelerating Monday 30th March 2020 the evacuations of patients with coronavirus from the Grand Est, particularly affected, while the epidemic continues to spread, with more than 2,600 dead.

Read also: Coronavirus: 2,606 deaths, 19,354 people hospitalized… The results in France this Sunday

On Sunday, French army helicopters and a German military plane transported patients from the Covid-19 from this region to southwestern Germany, and medical TGVs evacuated patients to Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

292 new deaths in France

The new coronavirus has caused 292 new deaths recorded at the hospital in 24 hours in France, bringing the assessment to 2606 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic in December, according to the last data published on Sunday evening: 40 174 cases of infection at Covid-19 were confirmed in the country (against 37,575 on Saturday), and 19,354 people are hospitalized (against 17,620 the day before).

“There has been a 10% increase in patients entering since yesterday (Saturday), a reflection of contamination that occurred about two weeks ago, before the containment measures”, underlined the Director-General of Health, Jérôme Salomon during his daily press briefing.

A total of 4,632 serious cases require very heavy intensive care, added Mr. Salomon. In 24 hours, 359 new patients were placed in intensive care.

Monitor entry into resuscitation

“It is this daily number of resuscitation entries that is the most important element to monitor in order to predict our ability to take care of the most serious patients. It reflects the dynamics of the epidemic, ”said Mr. Salomon.

“If the containment measures and barrier gestures have been respected, we should see a reduction in the number of people entering intensive care by the weekend,” he added.

A total of 7,132 people were released from the hospital (compared to 6,624 on Saturday).

The Coronavirus Covid-19 in France
The Coronavirus Covid-19 in France. (© AFP /)

Death of former minister Patrick Devedjian

The Covid-19 made the first victim in the national political landscape with the death of former Minister Patrick Devedjian, a familiar figure of the French.

In addition, singer Christophe, 74, composer of “Aline”, was hospitalized because of “respiratory failure”, according to his entourage, who was unable to confirm Sunday contamination with coronavirus.

The largest evacuations since the start of the coronavirus epidemic took place on Sunday to relieve hospitals in the Grand Est, one of the regions most affected by the pandemic, but not the only one.

Jérôme Salomon clarified that 250 patients benefited from transfers to unclog saturated hospitals.

Masks arrived from China

One of the government’s goals is to increase the number of resuscitation beds, according to the battle plan presented at a lengthy press conference on Saturday.

The executive plans to increase to 14,000 beds in intensive care against 5,000 at the start of the crisis, and the capacity to test the population will be amplified, reaching 80,000 tests per day in late April.

Faced with the glaring lack of masks, the source of controversy, more than a billion protective masks were ordered, notably from China. A cargo plane from this country with almost 100 tonnes of medical equipment on board, including 5.5 million medical masks, landed at Roissy airport on Sunday evening.

According to the government, France produces eight million masks per week, which makes it essential to import these health materials during the health crisis.

A cargo of protective masks is unloaded from a cargo plane arriving from China, March 29, 2020 at the Paris airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle.
A cargo of protective masks is unloaded from a cargo plane arriving from China, March 29, 2020 at the Paris airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle. (© AIR FRANCE / AFP / -)

Fear in the Ehpad

In addition, the situation in accommodation facilities for the elderly (Ehpad) continues to cause concern. Seniors are at greatest risk, even if the coronavirus can strike young people, as this week recalled the death of a 16-year-old girl in the Paris region.

Four residents have died in the last five days in a nursing home in the Vosges, half of the 116 residents are considered “suspected cases” of contamination by the coronavirus.

Ten residents of an Ardèche department nursing home died within ten days of contracting the coronavirus, and six other residents of the establishment, also infected, are hospitalized.

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