There are now 24,639 people hospitalised in France with Covid-19, with 6,017 of them in intensive care, the country's Health Agency Director Jérôme Salomon told reporters.
He was president between 2005 and 2009 when Marseille finished second in Ligue 1 twice and reached two French Cup finals.
There are now 22,757 people hospitalised in France with COVID-19, with 5,565 of them in intensive care
The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has not brought a stop to the activities of hackers and trolls bankrolled by various foreign governments, including Russia and China. In some cases hacking attacks have targeted institutions who are in the front line in the battle against the virus. Trolls meanwhile have been extolling the virtues of how authoritarian regimes have handled the health emergency. François Bougon and Matthieu Suc report.
Gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa also said about 20 centres would open in stores around the country so women could drop in for help while getting groceries.
Health agency director Jérôme Salomon told a news conference that the number of cases had risen to 44,550, a rise of 11% in 24 hours.
European affairs minister Amelie de Montchalin told France Inter radio that if Europe was just a single market when times were good, then it made no sense.
France's director general of health Jérôme Salomon also said the number of known cases of coronavirus infection rose to 40,174 on Sunday from 37,575 a day earlier.
The French government's public utterances during the coronavirus crisis have cruelly exposed its shortcomings, its method of thinking and the extent to which it is out of touch with events on the ground. There have been contradictory instructions, a slowness to express gratitude to those tackling the crisis on the front line, and great emphasis on the country being “at war”. Inside the government, writes Mediapart political journalist Ellen Salvi, some are worried about the image the executive is giving of itself during the crisis.
The 75-year-old politician, who had served under President Nicolas Sarkozy, had been placed under observation in a hospital last Wednesday.
Édouard Philippe said the first two weeks of April would be harder than the last two weeks as French officials reported 319 more deaths.
Tributes were today paid to the 16-year-old, identified as Julie A, who succumbed to respiratory problems in a Paris hospital on Wednesday after first developing a 'slight cough' a week ago.
Hospital intensive care units in the Paris region are already swamped by the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. Mediapart has seen emails in which the regional health authority has asked hospital chiefs to free up a thousand beds in 48 hours as a matter of urgency and to transform their hospitals into disaster zone facilities. There has even been talk of nurses having to be pressed into service. Meanwhile hospital staff, who are poorly protected and in some cases themselves suffering from the virus, say they will “settle their scores” with the health authorities later. Caroline Coq-Chodorge reports.
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There are now 29,155 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the nation, compared to 25,233 a day ago and 13,904 people hospitalised of whom 3,375 are in intensive care.