France predicted an infernal month
Jean-François Timsey, head of the intensive care unit at the Bichat hospital in Paris, predicted that the French healthcare system will face an “infernal” month due to the third wave of coronavirus. His words are quoted by Reuters.
Timsey said that France is “driven into a dead end.” “Restrictive measures should have been introduced earlier,” the doctor complained.
Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the country will face a “difficult period” until mid-April. Prior to this, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered in the south of the country, capable of “tricking” conventional PCR tests, for which nasopharyngeal swabs are used. Blood tests and PCR tests on samples from the lower respiratory tract may be needed to diagnose infection with this type of virus.
According to the latest data, more than 4.3 million cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in France since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 93 thousand people died from complications.