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France urges public to respect confinement as death toll rises by 89

France's coronavirus death toll rose by 89 in the last 24 hours, French health authorities confirmed on Wednesday, while urging everyone to respect the new confinement rules.

France urges public to respect confinement as death toll rises by 89
Employees of a cleaning company cleans rails with disinfectant in Suresnes, near Paris on March 18, 2020, a day after a strict lockdown came into effect in France to stop the spread of the COVID-19. P

The death toll in France had now reached 264.

“We’re doing everything we can to slow down the spread of the virus,” national health director Jérôme Salomon told journalists on Wednesday evening.

A total of 9,134 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed in France as of Wednesday, raising the number by more than 1,000 for the second day in a row. 

Salomon said the number of new cases was doubling every day, adding that testing was only being done on those with breathing difficulties, meaning the real number of infected including those not seriously affected could be far higher.

READ MORE: Coronavirus testing in France: How does it work and who gets tested?

Of the total confirmed cases, 3,626 were in hospital, Salomon said. Fifty percent of the people in intensive care were younger than 60 years old. Seven percent of those who have died were aged under 65.

On the brighter side, 1,000 of the people who were hospitalised had now fully recovered and gone home.

Although around 98 percent of the people who get the virus recover fully, the French government has stressed that the high pressure on the country's already overstretched health workers made the current situation particularly difficult to handle.

France on Wednesday entered the second day of a lockdown ordered by President Emmanuel Macron, which orders people to stay at home and prohibits all non-essential movements.

“This unprecedented situation demands all of us to be responsible,” Salomon said, reiterating the government’s call on everyone to stay at home as much as they can.
 
Salomon also called on a “national effort to give blood,” asking everyone who could to become blood donors. Giving blood would be accepted as a valid reason to leave one's home, the health director stressed, referring to the form that people must carry on them whenever they leave their homes.
 
 
Government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye had earlier admitted that France was undergoing “logistical difficulties” with the supply of sanitary masks while denouncing “unacceptable” thefts of masks from hospitals.
 
Salomon now urged people who did not need their masks to “donate them to the nearest hospital, pharmacy (drug store) or health centre.”

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed on Wednesday that the government had asked parliament to for permission to declare a national health emergency to give the executive more power to take drastic measures to combat the coronavirus.

“Our country is going through a health crisis unprecedented for a century,” Philippe said. “We need to take strong measures to warn about, contain and manage the epidemic.”

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