PARIS, April 6. /TASS/. At least 833 patients with confirmed coronavirus have died in France in the past 24 hours, French Minister of Health Olivier Veran said on Monday.
"Since March 1, as many as 6,494 patients have died in hospitals. A total of 605 patients died in hospitals in the past day," he said. "As many as 2,417 people have died in care home for the elderly since the epidemic outbreak. The overall number of fatalities today is 8,911 people, or up by 833 on the previous days’ figure of 8,078."
According to the minister, the government has decided to begin large-scale medical examinations at care homes for the elderly to trace virus carriers and separate them from others.
He also said that as many as 7,072 patients were still saying at intensive care departments, or by 94 more than the day before. However, in his words, the country has not yet reached the peak of the epidemic.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. To date, approximately 1,300,000 people have been infected worldwide and roughly 70,000 deaths have been reported.