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Peak of French COVID-19 wave could be within 10 days: Health Minister

Peak of French COVID-19 wave could be within 10 days: Health Minister

FILE PHOTO: Medical staff members work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where patients suffering from COVID-19 are treated at the Melun-Senart hospital, near Paris, on Mar 8, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

PARIS: France could hit the peak of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in seven to 10 days with the new restrictive measures announced on Wednesday (Mar 31) by French President Emmanuel Macron, Health Minister Olivier Veran told France Inter radio.

Macron ordered France into its third national lockdown and said schools would close for three weeks as he sought to push back the third wave of COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

"We could reach a peak of the epidemic in seven to 10 days if all goes according to plan", Veran said.

"Then we need two extra weeks to reach a peak in intensive care units (ICUs) that could occur at the end of April."

READ: Macron orders COVID-19 lockdown across all of France, closes schools
READ: France has nearly 5,000 COVID-19 patients in ICU as hospital pressure rises

Daily new COVID-19 infections in France have doubled since February to average nearly 40,000. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care breached 5,000 this week, exceeding the peak hit during the six-week second lockdown enforced late last year.

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