The newest victims included a common practitioner and a gynaecologist, bringing the variety of well being employees who’ve died from the contagion to 5, Véran confirmed.
Lockdown tightens, may final weeks
The rise in coronavirus tolls got here as French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe stated the nation’s tight lockdown, initially believed to final round 15 days, may very well be prolonged by a number of extra weeks and that his authorities was tightening restrictions even additional.
From Tuesday, the general public will solely be capable of train alone or with their youngsters as soon as a day, for not more than an hour, and inside a kilometre of their house, stated Philippe. Open-air markets would additionally shut, he added.
“Plenty of residents need normalcy to return, however it’s not taking place quickly,” stated Philippe. “We really feel the lockdown measures we’ve taken, and which we are going to toughen but once more… may final a number of weeks.”
Philippe refused to rule out localised curfews however stated the choice for these lay with native authorities. A number of are already in place, together with within the southern metropolis of Good on the Mediterranean coast.
“We don’t wish to put a nationwide curfew in place. However we advised prefects to get in contact with mayors who deem (a curfew) mandatory. And we is not going to hesitate, the place mandatory, to take harder measures, which means curfew measures,” the prime minister stated.
Anti-malaria drug not on marketplace for coronavirus remedy
Philippe additionally echoed Well being Minister Véran assertion that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine wouldn’t be put in the marketplace for mass use towards coronavirus till extra testing had been performed.
Earlier Monday, Véran famous that within the absence of any conclusive information, he will probably be issuing an order to “regulate the usage of hydroxychloroquine outdoors the standard advertising authorisations, which is able to due to this fact be accessible to hospital medical groups who want to use it”.
There are as but no vaccines or remedies authorized however trials are beneath method in the US and Europe to see whether or not hydroxychloroquine can forestall, or cut back the severity of, the sickness.
French hospitals started testing the anti-malarial and three different medication on Sunday, analysis institute Inserm stated, as a part of a European programme involving 3,200 COVID-19 sufferers.