The view from a coronavirus hotspot in France: 'We're no longer in control of anything'


The département (or county) most hit by the Covid-19 coronavirus in France so far is the Oise, just north of Paris. Here, where there had been at least 99 cases by Friday March 6th, the outbreak has now become an epidemic. As Caroline Coq-Chodorge reports, there is as yet no sense of panic across the département. But there is great concern for the area's elderly and most vulnerable residents who experts fear could play a “heavy price” at the hands of the virus. Meanwhile health professionals in the Oise say they feel abandoned by the authorities.

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In France it is the 'ground zero' of the Covid-19  coronavirus outbreak. The département (county) of Oise, just north of Paris, has so far recorded at least 99 cases of the virus out of the 577 announced in France by Friday March 6th. Nine of its communes or towns and villages, including Creil, Crépy-en-Valois and Croix-Saint-Ouen, have had to close their schools.