Published On: Sat, Sep 12th, 2020

Macron crisis: France coronavirus cases rocket to over 10k in devastating record | World | News

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The French Health Ministry has recorded 10,561 new positive tests for coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The latest figure is more than 100 higher than the previous day when 9,406 cases were confirmed on Friday.

The worrying figure also surpasses the previous daily record set just 48 hours ago – when 9,843 new cases were detected on Thursday.

In the past 24 hours coronavirus fatalities in hospitals and nursing homes have increased by 17 – taking the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 30,910.

The latest figures also show there was 2,432 new hospital admissions in the past seven days, including 417 patients requiring intensive care.

The French health ministry also reported that 772 clusters were being investigated, an increase of 86 in the past 24 hours.

Following the previous record spike on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting with medical and scientific advisers.

Mr Macron indicated there could be a new crackdown if the number of infections continued to rise

He told the meeting: “We need to be as transparent and clear as possible.

“We need to be demanding and realistic without giving in to any kind of panic.”

The head of the scientific council advising the government on the pandemic, Jean-Francois Delfraissy, added “tough” decisions may be required.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex played down the threat of a second nationwide lockdown and said new measures would include fast-tracked testing and targeting local areas.

He said: “The virus is with us for several more months and we must manage to live with it without letting ourselves get drawn once again into a narrative of nationwide lockdown.”

Mr Castex said the rise in infections was particularly worrying in Marseille, Bordeaux, and the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe.

He also confirmed the period of quarantine for coronavirus in France has been reduced from 14 days to seven days to ensure it is easier to enforce.

The French Prime Minister also urged the public to be more disciplined about social distancing, washing their hands and wearing masks.

He added: “I solemnly appeal today to the sense of responsibility of each one of you.

“The only way we will succeed in stopping this epidemic is if all of us are vigilant and stick together.”

This is a developing news story, more to follow.

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