The number of coronavirus cases continued to rise in France as the number of infected cases reaches 178 since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak as reported by health authorities.
The mayor of Compiegne, Philippe Marini has confirmed two more deaths of elderly patients due to coronavirus, bringing the death toll to four.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that only five percent of coronavirus cases are critical and 80 percent of cases have only mild symptoms. The majority of the people who have died because of coronavirus were either elderly or had underlying health problems.
France has officially been at an epidemic level for the seasonal flu since February and almost 44 people have died because of flu since November.
France has had two waves of coronavirus so far. The first wave was in the late January and early February, when 12 confirmed cases were reported, all people who either travelled to China or been in contact with someone who had travelled including one French healthcare workers.
Health minister, Olivier Véran has announced that France is recently at ‘stage 2’ for coronavirus and authorities are anticipating that more coronavirus cases are expected in the coming days as widespread virus testing continues.
Since the first reported case in France, 12 patients have been fully recovered from the coronavirus while two patients died including a 60 years old teacher and an elderly Chinese tourist.
Germany has a similar number of coronavirus to France but Italy is one of the most affected European countries by COVID-19 outbreak after a huge increase in the reported cases.
Some 12 in France now have coronavirus cases with three regions including the Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes in the centre, Paris region and Hauts-de- France in the northern region has a huge number of cases.
The biggest clusters of coronavirus cases are seen in the Haute-Savoie département in the Alps and the Oise département in the north.
Other affected regions include Bretagne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand-Est, Normandie, Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.
Due to surging cases in the département of Oise in the north, local authorities decided to close schools in nine different towns while residents were also advised to stay at home and avoid gatherings. Residents were advised to work from their homes if possible.
France’s health chief Jérôme Salomon said their strategy was to prevent or at least try to slow down the further spread of coronavirus throughout France.
The French government also announced several preventive measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country such as cancelling gatherings of more than 5,000 people in confined places.
French police officers evacuated the market of Crepy-in-Valois over COVID-19 outbreak. Officials have also warned against unnecessary travelling, especially outside the European Union. They advised people to avoid shaking hands and doing la bise in an attempt to control the virus.
The government in France has set up a ‘green number’ for people to call for any non-medical coronavirus-related inquiries and questions. The line will be open the whole week from 8 am until 9 pm.