Covid-19: France crosses the 40,000 dead mark since the start of the pandemic

France surpassed the 40,000 Covid-19-related death mark on Saturday, November 7 since the start of the pandemic. A tragic course that comes on top of increasingly worrying indicators, such as the surge in contaminations and the growing tension in the intensive care units of French hospitals.

According to data published on Saturday by the French public health agency (SPF), 306 additional deaths have been recorded in hospitals in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 40,169. The daily count of positive Covid-19 cases, however, is not available.

The threshold of 60,000 contaminations in 24 hours was crossed in France for the first time, according to figures from Public Health France, published Friday 6 November. The health agency specifies that the number of declared cases (60,486) is a figure “minimal and unbound”. The data on contamination have in fact been incomplete for several days, due to a computer traffic jam which hampered the reporting of test results. Corrected figures will be communicated on Monday, specifies SPF on its site on Saturday.

The pressure is increasing mechanically on the intensive care units, which had 4,410 patients on Saturday, against 3,721 at the start of the week. The total reception capacity has been increased from 5,000 to 6,400 beds, with a target of 7,500, which could be further raised to 10,500 beds.

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