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Ethical dilemma: French patients could be denied ICU access as Covid cases rise

France — Investigation

Mediapart has seen a document in which doctors in the south of France are drawing up plans to decide which patients will be admitted to hospital intensive care units - and which will not - amid fears that the current wave of Covid-19 cases could overwhelm them. The revelation comes as France recorded 179,807 Covid cases in a single day. According to the working document, if the situation worsens ICU staff in Marseille and across the southern region of PACA could refuse admission to frail patients over 65. Meanwhile doctors have told Mediapart of their concern over the ethical issues they will face if they have to deny patients healthcare. Pascale Pascariello reports.

France sends warship to evacuate Covid-19 patients in Corsica

France — Link

A helicopter carrier has been sent to the French Mediterranean island of Corsica to evacuate people seriously ill from with infection from the Covis-19 coronavirus, who will be taken to hospitals in the southern mainland cities of in Marseille and Toulon.

Woman aged 102 is chief suspect in French care home killing

France — Link

A 102-year-old woman is the chief suspect in the killing of a 92-year-old woman found to have been beaten and strangled in her bed in the care home for the elderly where both of them lived, in a village about 70 kilomertres east of Paris.