A 16-year-old girl died from coronavirus in France.
The new coronavirus has caused 365 deaths recorded in hospital in 24 hours in France including, “for the first time, a 16-year-old girl”, in the Paris region, bringing the toll to 1,696 deaths since the start of the epidemic , the French health authorities announced Thursday.
According to the Director General of Health Jerôme Salomon, 3,375 patients are now in intensive care in France (+548 in one day) with a severe form of the disease, out of a total of 13,904 (+ 2,365) patients hospitalized in this country.
“All causes combined”, Jerôme Salomon indicated that “over the past week”, mortality has particularly increased in the Grand Est region (29.9%), in the island of Corsica (+ 39.2%), in the Hauts de France region (north) (+ 12.8%), in the Paris region (+ 13.7%) and in Bourgogne Franche Comte (center-east) (+ 18.9%).
“This is a mortality mainly observed in people over 65 years old,” he noted.
With the exception of the 16-year-old girl who died in the Paris region, 34% of people in intensive care are under the age of 60 and 58% between 60 and 80.
Professor Salomon, who delivers the national balance sheet every evening, warned that “the epidemic continues to worsen” and mobilizes “in an exceptional and unprecedented manner” all hospitals, public and private in France: 576 of them are now receiving “Covid-19 positive” patients.
Covid-19 disease, which first appeared in China in December, has already killed nearly 22,000 people worldwide and has confined more than three billion people in their homes.
With 268,191 cases of officially declared contamination, Europe is the continent where the pandemic is progressing most rapidly.