French Minister of Health, Olivier Ferrand, considered that the outbreak of the epidemic in his country was “stable at a high level.”
In a television interview, the Minister of Health said: “It has been 3 weeks since an average of 20 thousand new infections were recorded per day, and 3 weeks have passed since receiving an average of 1500 injured patients per day in hospital, and 3 weeks in which between 3000 and 3200 patients are in intensive care,” which confirms the stability of the spread The disease, even at a high level.
He considered that France might not be forced again to complete a closure “while remaining in a very high state of caution,” as he put it, with intensive follow-up and “daily analysis of infection and hospitalization numbers.”
It was decided to close a school in the suburb of Val d’Oise, north of Paris, after calling on school health experts to close educational institutions for a period of 4 weeks, after the emergence of several new infections in the “Jules Ferry” school in this Parisian suburb, including two cases of the South African mutated virus. It has been closed until March 1 at the latest.