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France and Spain scramble to deal with sharp rise in Covid infections

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Coronavirus cases in France jump to record high as Spanish government calls for Madrid lockdown

 

The number of new Covid-19 cases in France has jumped to a record high, while in Spain, the western European country hardest hit by the virus, the Madrid authorities have rejected the central government’s call for a lockdown across the capital.

Santé Publique France, the French public health authority, recorded 16,096 new infections in the previous 24 hours on Thursday evening.

In Paris, declared a zone of “heightened alert” on Wednesday, the regional hospital authorities warned that 20% of surgical operations would have to be postponed from this weekend because hospitals were “approaching saturation” with coronavirus cases.

On Thursday, the French prime minister, Jean Castex, appeared on television to warn the country that the situation was worsening and the population had to adhere to health and protection measures to avoid a return to the worst days of the epidemic in the spring.

In its weekly report, Santé Publique France said in week 38, 14-20 September, there had been an 25% rise in new deaths attributed to Covid-19 in hospitals and nursing homes. The number of new hospital admissions rose by 34% and new intensive care admissions by 40%.