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18 nov. 2020 | 03h35 UTC

Authorities confirm over two million COVID-19 cases as of November 17

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French authorities confirm over two million COVID-19 cases as of November 17; further spread of the virus is expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/11/2020, 12h00 until 30/11/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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French health authorities have reported over two million confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country as of Tuesday, November 17. In the previous 24 hours, 45,422 new COVID-19 cases were reported as well as 437 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of cases in the country since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,041,317 with 46,273 associated deaths.

French President Emmanuel Macron imposed new restrictions from October 30 following an increase in cases nationwide. Signed permits are to be required for people leaving home and movement between regions is prohibited. People may only leave their homes for essential purposes, such as to purchase essential goods, seek medical attention, or to exercise (once daily for an hour). Schools are to remain open, while universities will commence online teaching. Working from home is encouraged. Bars and restaurants will be required to close for the duration of the lockdown, with the measures to remain in place until at least December 1. Macron stated that the lockdown would be lifted once daily new infections fell to around 5000 per day.

Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in 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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