The number of COVID-19 patients in French intensive care is increasing


Members of the medical staff work in the intensive care unit (ICU) where patients suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at the private hospital ELSAN Clinique Océane in Vannes, France, April 7, 2021. REUTERS / Stephane Mahe

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in France rose slightly on Sunday, the health ministry said, amid a nationwide lockdown to try to stem a third wave of infections.

Data from the Ministry of Health showed 5,893 people were in intensive care units with COVID-19, 16 more than on Saturday. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital increased from 460 to 30,789, ending a string of five consecutive daily falls.

A government spokesperson said there were signs that the pressure on the medical system was easing slightly, but the situation in hospitals remained dire. Read more

France is hoping that an acceleration of its vaccination campaign, combined with the month-long national lockdown in place since last weekend, will help it regain control of the epidemic.

The Department of Health recorded 140 new coronavirus deaths in hospitals within 24 hours. The cumulative death toll from COVID-19 in France crossed the 100,000 mark on Thursday, the eighth in the world.

There have been 29,344 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to data from the Department of Health. About 12.5 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

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