A hike in coronavirus sufferers means hospitals in and around Paris will attain saturation point within 48 hours, the chief of the French Hospital Federation mentioned on Friday, with the peak not expected until April.
Paris and its suburbs now account for over a quarter of the 29,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in French hospitals, with nearly 1,300 now in intensive care. The death toll nationwide as of Thursday night stood at 1,696.
“We’ll need help in the Ile-de-France as a result of what happened in the east is coming here,” Frederic Valletoux, the federation’s president, said.
He was referring to the Grand Est area, where the first cluster took hold in France and where hospitals are already overcrowded, with the military helping to transfer some critically ill sufferers to different cities.
Officers in the Paris space have been scrambling to find more intensive care beds, ventilators and medical employees and unfold a load of sufferers across the capital and its wider suburbs.
President Emmanuel Macron imposed on March 17 a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus; however, doctors say they anticipate a tide of cases next week after the federal government pressed forward with native elections and 1000’s of individuals mingled in parks and streets before they had been confined at home.
“If we let hospitals cope by themselves, and let every territory that is taken by the pandemic cope alone, then we will head towards a catastrophe,” Valletoux stated.