CORONAVIRUS – The coronavirus epidemic has killed more than 6,500 people in France, including 5,091 in hospitals and at least 1,416 in retirement homes and other social medical establishments, according to the latest official report this Friday, April 3.
In the past 24 hours, 588 additional deaths have been recorded in hospitals, said Director General of Health (DGS), Jérôme Salomon.
The total balance since March 1, with incomplete figures from “more than 3000” other “medico-social” establishments, stands at 6507 dead.
“66% of nursing homes and 34% of other medical and social establishments” have “reported confirmed or suspected episodes of one or more cases” of Covid 19, said Jérôme Salomon.
Almost 65,000 confirmed cases
The first reports on these establishments, in particular establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad), did not start to be published until Thursday, even though the situation there is particularly serious according to numerous testimonies of caregivers.
A total of 27,432 people are hospitalized in France (+1186 in 24 hours) of which 6662 are in intensive care, or 263 more in one day, an increase which has slowed however since Monday.
“The permanent need to find new places (in intensive care) is increasing less quickly”, noted the DGS.
A total of 64,338 cases have been confirmed in the country, but France has a very restrictive testing policy, notably due to the lack of equipment.
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