Darkest day yet for France as a record 499 people die from Covid-19 in last 24 hours

It was gathered that France has reported its darkest day yet with a record of 499 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, taking the country's total death toll to 3,523.

However, this shocking incident marks the biggest jump in deaths since the start of the pandemic outbreak. France has a total of 52,128 cases of COVID-19, according to it's official figures. The report also disclosed that 22,757 people are hospitalised in France with COVID-19, with 5,565 of them in intensive care, health official Jerome Salomon told reporters in his daily update.

Also added that French death toll includes only those who died in hospital and not those who died at home or in old people's homes.
France is rushing to produce millions of face masks and thousands of ventilators as reliance on imports to fight the coronavirus has exposed the country's need for 'independence' in producing vital medical equipment, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. We have to rebuild our national and European sovereignty, Macron said as he visited a surgical mask factory in Saint-Barthelemy-d'Anjou, near Angers in western France, where he donned a mask, coveralls and a plastic hairnet to tour the facility.

Macron promised 'full independence' by the end of the year in the production of protective face masks for France, which like most other countries was woefully understocked when the epidemic struck.

It was also added that with some 40 million masks required per week for frontline medical staff, the government had placed an orders for over billion masks to be delivered in the coming weeks, mainly from China.

However, in the meantime, local production is being ramped up, with capacity to reach 10 million masks per week by the end of next month, compared to 3.3 million per week before the crisis struck.

And it was stated that the number could rise to 15 million per week with the aid of several companies that have volunteered contributions. Because in terms of the urgent need for ventilators to help the most serious COVID-19 cases, Macron announced that 10,000 would be produced by a consortium of companies at two factories in France.

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