The epidemic continues in France, where more than 2,600 people have already died. - Catherine KOHLER / SIPA


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  • Nearly 2,606 people died from the epidemic, or 292 more in 24 hours, and 4,632 people are currently in intensive care, announced this Sunday evening Jérôme Salomon, the director general of Health.
  • Patient transfers continue. On Sunday, patients were evacuated from the Grand-Est region, the most affected, to Germany and to New Aquitaine.
  • "The first 15 days of April will be even more difficult," warned this weekend
  • In Italy, the country where the epidemic has killed the most, the barrier of 10,000 deaths was crossed on Saturday. Spain, on Sunday, recorded 838 deaths in 24 hours, a new record bringing the total to 6,528 deaths in this country.


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7:22 am: Germany chooses the South Korean strategy

Multiply the tests and place the patients in quarantine: to prevent saturation of its hospitals, where the staff is lacking, Germany is adopting the strategy chosen by South Korea against the coronavirus. Often shown as an example in Europe for the management of the epidemic, Germany already practices, according to the authorities, between 300,000 and 500,000 screenings per week, a rate higher than many of its European neighbors, France in particular which reserves them only to patients with severe pathology.

And the government of Angela Merkel does not stop there: a document of the Interior Ministry, which has just been revealed by several media, prescribes a strategy inspired by South Korea, with no less than 200,000 tests per day. Now would be tested all those who think they have Covid-19, as well as all those likely to have been in contact with a patient, states this document. Currently, screenings concern people who are both sick and have been in contact with a positive person.

7:17 am: The United States authorizes chloroquine in hospitals

The drug regulator in the United States (FDA) authorized Sunday against the coronavirus, only in the hospital, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, antimalarial treatments on which Donald Trump bases the greatest hopes. In a statement, the Department of Health said that the FDA gave the green light for these treatments to be "distributed and prescribed by doctors to adolescent and adult hospitalized patients with Covid-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or doable ”. We take stock here.

7.13am: 5.5 million masks from China arrived in Roissy

An Air France plane from China, conveying 5.5 million medical masks, landed at Roissy airport on Sunday, the day after the government announced a massive order for equipment against the Covid -19, announced the airline.

Among the 5.5 million masks of the cargo are "2.5 million of them ordered by LVMH for the State," said a spokesman for the global luxury giant, stressing that this first batch was included in an order for "10 million masks in total, surgical and FFP2", for five million euros. On Saturday, the government announced the establishment of an air bridge with China to safely transport cargoes of masks, which caregivers are sorely lacking to protect themselves from the epidemic of coronavirus.

7:08 am: Update on the situation in France

Like every morning, we remind you of the latest assessment announced by Jérôme Salomon, the Director General of Health, who takes stock every evening. The coronavirus caused 292 new deaths in hospital in 24 hours in France, bringing the toll to 2,606 deaths, Sunday evening.

According to him, 19,354 patients are hospitalized (+ 1,734 in 24 hours) including 4,632 in intensive care, or an influx of 359 people in a single day. 7,132 people were able to return home.

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