Doctor Warns France Has ‘Lost Control’ of the COVID-19 Pandemic as Cases Continue to Rise

France has “lost control of the epidemic several weeks ago already,” French Doctor Eric Caumes told TV network Franceinfo last October 26, a day after France recorded 52,010 new cases.

France has “lost control of the epidemic several weeks ago already,” French Doctor Eric Caumes told TV network Franceinfo last October 26, a day after France recorded 52,010 new cases.

A day after France reported its highest daily tally since the beginning of the pandemic, the head of the Infections and Tropical Diseases Department at Paris Patie-Salpetriere Hospital warned that “the virus is so present among us” and called for a second nationwide lockdown.

“If we are not effective at all, we will have to confine. There will be no other solutions unfortunately,” Caumes warned.

Caumes also warned that with the current COVID-19 situation in the country, hospitals will have more COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds and “will no longer be able to properly support other patients.”

Dr. Jean-Francois Delfraissy, President of the Scientific Council that advises the French government on COVID-19, told RTL radio that France is under a “very difficult, even critical situation,” citing that the council’s estimate number of cases is twice as many as the reported number.

“There probably are more than 50,000 new cases every day. Our estimate at the Scientific Council is closer to 100,000 — twice as many. Between those who aren’t tested and asymptomatic patients, we’re close to that number of cases. This means the virus is spreading extremely fast,” Delfraissy of the council said.

The French government stated that President Emmanuel Macron will chair a meeting of his COVID-19 task force on the morning of October 27.

France has declared a public health state of emergency two weeks ago and has been imposing more measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

France has now reached over one million cases with over 35,000 deaths.


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