France – Coronavirus: Hospitals groan – ‘Encouraging messages after local lockdowns

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The situation in French hospitals remains “serious”, but France is beginning to see some signs of improvement in areas where it imposed a lockdown a few weeks ago, government spokesman Gabriel Atal said today.

“We have the first encouraging signs in the 16 districts where we had imposed restrictive measures,” Atal told a news conference after a government meeting.

France now hopes that the faster pace of its vaccination campaign, combined with the nationwide one-month lockdown that has been in effect since last weekend, will help it regain control of the latest outbreak of the virus.

In any case, Atal said the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units is likely to increase in the coming days.

The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that 5,729 people are being treated with coronavirus in intensive care units, a number that is a record for 2021.

The ministry also announced 433 new deaths in French hospitals and said more than 13 million people had now been vaccinated, including 9.8 million who had received the first dose.

Russia: 365 deaths and 8,672 new cases in the last 24 hours

Russia has reported 8,672 new cases in the past 24 hours, including 2,024 in Moscow, bringing the total to 4,614,834 nationally.

The government agency responsible for dealing with the coronavirus announced that 365 deaths were recorded in the last twenty-four hours, while a total of 101,845 deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

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