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13 Sep 2020 | 08:23 AM UTC

France: Highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases reported September 12 /update 39

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Highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases reported September 12; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/16/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Event

On Saturday, September 12, French health authorities announced the highest count of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases since the beginning of the pandemic at 10,561. Data from Public Health France also confirmed 17 related deaths over the same period, bringing the total death count to 30,910 out of a total of 402,811 cases. Prime Minister Jean Castex in a televised update announced that the government would hire 2,000 additional contact tracers and laboratories will now prioritize people who are symptomatic or contacts of positive COVID-19 cases ahead of others. 

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. The requirement was extended to all enclosed shared workplaces in the country on September 1.

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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