French health authorities have identified 304 hospital deaths linked to the new coronavirus and 59,038 new contaminations in the past 24 hours, according to data released Thursday by the French public health agency.
With more than 300 deaths, the total death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 95,976 since the outbreak of the epidemic last March, including 69,932 in hospitals, the health agency indicates on its website.
The health agency reports 13,279 hospitalizations over one week, while for the same period, 2,975 people were admitted to critical care, including 2016 in intensive care.
In addition, Public Health France points out that 8,535,750 people have received at least one injection of anti-Covid vaccines since the start of the vaccination campaign on December 27.
Faced with a health situation that has continued to deteriorate for a few weeks, President Emmanuel Macron announced, Wednesday evening during a televised address, the extension to the entire metropolitan territory, from Saturday evening and for four weeks, measures of “reinforced braking” already in force in 19 departments to fight against Covid-19.
The Head of State also announced the closure of schools throughout the country for four or three weeks depending on the levels from this Friday and the closure of so-called “non-essential” businesses throughout the metropolitan territory in addition to the ban interregional travel from April 5.