France's coronavirus figures 'not good' says expert
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Emmanuel Macron may have to place France back into a new lockdown as the country charges ahead of Europe with rising coronavirus cases and intensive care units filling up quickly. New daily infections in France stand at 26,000 a day while 4,127 are in intensive care with the deadly virus. France is currently admitting one new intensive care patient every 12 minutes.
Speaking on France24, International Affairs Editor Philip Turle said: “The figures are not good.
“The hospitals are virtually overrun with new covid infections coming in.
“With one new intensive care patient every 12 minutes.
“That means the Government is struggling to deal with all of this.”
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He reported how French daily infection rates are worse than much of the rest of Europe.
And while Italy is already in a lockdown with a reported 21,000 daily cases, France has 26,000 cases per day and is still not locked down.
He added: “We are far ahead in France.”
He compared France with other low figures in Germany (8,985) and the U.K. (4618).
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Philip Turle said: “The English variant is the one that is causing all this unhappiness in France.
“It now accounts for 75% of infections (In France).”
French covid infection rates have been complicated further by the emergence of a new variant found in Brittany.
He added the new variant which was identified by French health experts “shows up negative even though you are positive” on a PCR test.
Mr Macron’s looming lockdown challenge is the latest downturn in Europe’s covid response.
The bloc suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this week over claims the jab causes blood clots.
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The suspension led to a furious backlash from medical experts who demanded evidence for the dangerous move which would result in more deaths the longer the vaccine is shelved.
Health experts called for resignations in European Commission as a result of the action.
The suspension of the vaccine comes despite the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) saying there is no indication of a link between the vaccine and blood clots.
The EMA also highlighted “the number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population” while only 37 people have presented with blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The committee will hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow to consider any further action that may be needed.
The UK government have ensured the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe to use.
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