A top French scientist has warned that the current second wave of coronavirus could be far “stronger than the first.”
Dr Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the government’s virus advisory body said that coronavirus patients now make up for more than half the population in intensive care across France.
On Sunday France saw around 52,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and Dr Delfraissy was surprised over the “brutality” over the soaring rise in infections.
He suggested on RTL radio that France could see extended curfews which are currently between 9pm and 6am.
Dr Eric Caumes who is the head of infectious and tropical diseases at Paris’ Pitie-Salpetriere hospital told Franceinfo that they “have lost control of the epidemic” as infection rates are spiralling across France.
Throughout the pandemic the UK has been around four weeks behind France with the number of infections.
Dr Delfraissy added that France is at a “very difficult, even critical situation.”
He told RTL radio, “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.”
He told Franceinfo, “We lost control of the epidemic but that doesn’t date from yesterday.
“We lost control of the epidemic several weeks ago already.”