COVID-19 Pandemic 'under Control' in France, Govt Adviser Says

Covid-19 pandemic ‘under control’ in France – head of government advisory body

Covid-19 pandemic ‘under control’ in France – head of government advisory body

This comes as the health authorities report 44 deaths in the last 24 hours and 1,163 in intensive care.

"We can reasonably say the virus is now under control", Jean-Francois Delfraissy told France Inter radio.

The immunologist noted that compared with the new single-day cases reported in March, it now shows "a significant decrease" in the virus circulation.

On June 2, France allowed restaurants to open after the country put on lockdown as the virus began to take hold.

The Covid-19 has caused 46 deaths in hospitals in France, bringing the balance sheet total 29 111 dead since the beginning of the epidemic, according to the balance sheet daily press on Friday by the Directorate-general of Health.

Despite the severity of the virus, most people experience mild symptoms and recover.

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However, the study authors caution that as the number of patients in this analysis was small, it could be due to chance. Almost 30 percent - 850 patients - had a history of hypertension, another term for high blood pressure.

"We can reasonably declare that the virus is under control".

"Most importantly, we have all the tools to detect these new cases".

"What will necessarily follow, in a faster or slower manner, will be the resumption of what are the opportunities for people to be able to move freely on a global scale", he added.

Despite this optimism, the committee recommends "keeping a certain number of measures" in place. "And that's good. Life needs to get back to normal".

"The population wouldn't accept it, and the economic consequences would be terrible".

Earlier on Thursday, the Covid-19 Scientific Council, an ad hoc body headed by Delfraissy, released a paper outlining four possible scenarios of how the situation in the country could develop with social distancing measures gradually lifted.

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