A Briton who is believed to have spread the deadly coronavirus to five others staying at a French Alps chalet which he visited on his way home from Singapore may also have also infected two other people who have been separately diagnosed as carrying the virus in Spain and the UK.
The beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley in western France are a major attraction for visitors from China. But both individual Chinese tourists and those in groups are starting to suffer as a result of the fears provoked by the current coronavirus outbreak which began in mainland China. Jordan Pouille reports.
Five Britons staying in a ski resort chalet in the French Alps, including a boy aged nine, have been found to be carrying the coronavirus, which has killed more than 700 people since an outbreak of the virus in December the Chinese city of Wuhan, while six other Britons who were staying in the chalet are being monitored under quarantine in French hospitals.
A factory in north-west France producing medical face masks, normally at a rate of 100 million per year, is working round the clock to meet demand from pharmacies and hospitals in Europe and Asia as the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.
A total of 254 people of different nationalities have arrived in France on the second French evacuation flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly cooronavirus virus outbreak, with 36 people showing symptoms of infection, 16 of whom left for their respective countries while tests on the remainder finally proved negative.
Members of France’s large population of south-east Asian and Chinese descent have created a Twitter hashtag 'I am not a virus' to report what appear to be a growing number of incidents of hostile behaviour towards them prompted by the coronavirus outbreak in China and six cases now diagnosed in France.
Two people showing coronavirus symptoms who were among 180 French nationals who arrived back in France on Friday after being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, have been cleared of infection and rejoined the other evacuees at an isolation camp near Marseille.
While a fourth case of coronavirus infection was diagnosed in France, the government has said the first flights repatriating French citizens from the centre of the outbreak, the Chinese city of Wuang, are due to arrive in Paris as of Friday, and all will be placed in a holding facility where they will be monitored over the 14-day incubation period.
France will later this week begin airlifting its nationals from Wuhan, the locked-down Chinese city at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak where an estimated 500 French expatriates live, after reaching agreement for the evacuation with the Chinese authorities, health minister Agnès Buzyn has announced.
Two Chinese nationals in Paris, and another in Bordeaux, are being treated in hospitals after being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, confirmed the French health ministry, which announced on Saturday that several others are being monitored for the virus which has killed 41 people and infected an estimated 1,400 others since its discovery in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
The 65-year-old, who had been travelling in Dubai, died from the Sars-like virus in hospital on Tuesday, according to the French health ministry.
A second person has become infected with the new deadly SARs-like coronavirus after sharing a hospital room with country’s first sufferer.