Coronavirus has spread to 213 countries around the world including several across Europe. France is the sixth most infected country on the continent, behind Russia, Spain the UK, Italy and Germany with 186,573, reported cases. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to show you the areas most at risk in France.
France registered 1,377 more cases and 14 more deaths from coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to death 30,252 , the third-highest in Europe behind the UK and Italy.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron said the coronavirus pandemic has the ability to remake capitalism.
In an interview with the Financial Times, President Macron called the situation “unthinkable”.
He added countries need to take this opportunity to “invent something new” because “that is all we can do.”
These are the number of reported cases for each region of France:
- Île-de-France: 65,653
- Grand Est: 28,172
- Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: 16,771
- Hauts-de-France: 15,527
- Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: 8,512
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur: 11,721
- Bretagne: 2,746
- Occitanie: 5,826
- Nouvelle-Aquitaine: 4,527
- Normandie: 3,902
- Corse: 579
- Pays de la Loire: 4,625
- Centre-Val de Loire: 4,857
- Guyane: 7,78
- Martinique: 269
- Saint-Martin: 49
- Saint-Barthelemy: 7
- French Polynesia: 62
- Guadeloupe: 244
- Mayotte: 2,962
- Reunion: 657.
As of March 5, there were spread across départements, which are administrative divisions of France, with clusters of cases:
- Oise: 99
- Morbihan: 14
- Haute-Savoie: 30
- Haut-Rhin: 10
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So far more than 30,000 people have been killed by the virus in France.
France has taken the decision to close all schools, universities and nurseries in France in a bid to contain the outbreak.
The French President Emmanuel Macron said: “I want to be very clear with you tonight. We are only at the beginning of the epidemic.”
He added: “Starting Monday, all nurseries, schools and universities will be closed.”
The President also urged anyone aged over 70, disabled or in poor health to stay at home and limit social contact as much as possible.
He said: “Protecting our most vulnerable is the most important thing right now.”
Of the 186,573 confirmed cases in France, around 74,819 patients are still currently sick, with 380 in a serious or critical condition.
Flights to and from France are still taking off, but airlines across the board are cancelling services due to a huge drop off in demand, and the French government has announced that international flights are to be reduced.
France has entered its third stage, the full epidemic stage, of the outbreak, which means the virus is currently circulating actively across the territory.
Jérôme Salomon, who heads the country’s health service said the coronavirus epidemic in France was “very worrying” and the situation “deteriorating very fast.”
France is progressively reducing long-distance train, bus and plane travel on its territory over the coming days in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued some guidance about travel to France.
The FCO website reads: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in China and elsewhere, including France.
“The French authorities are dealing with confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Oise, Haute Savoie and Britanny.
“If you’re in these areas you should follow the advice of the local authorities.”
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