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03 Sep 2020 | 07:10 PM UTC

France: COVID-19 cases spike nationwide September 3 /update 37

France News Alert

COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions spike nationwide as of September 3; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/10/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris

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Event

The French Health Ministry on Thursday, September 3, reported over 7000 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the second day in a row. Thursday's reported 7157 cases is just shy of the all-time 24-hour record of 7578, recorded on March 31. Hospital admissions related to the spike in cases have also risen with a sharp uptick of serious cases being sent to ICU wards. The nationwide total of cases currently stands at 330,985 with 30,691 associated fatalities. 

Additionally, officials made the wearing of face masks compulsory in public places throughout Paris from Friday, August 29, as cases continue to increase in the city. The measure, announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex, applies in all outdoor areas of the capital. The use of face masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport has been mandatory across France since July 20, but a number of municipal and local authorities have brought in additional directives requiring people to wear them in crowded outdoor public places and other areas.

From Tuesday, September 1, face masks are also compulsory in enclosed shared workplaces throughout the country.

Further international spread of the disease is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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