Coronavirus: France fears epidemic as health minister warns more cases ‘very likely’


The heath preacher added the number of laboratories in France equipped with diagnosis proofs would be increased to reach a capacity of “several thousands” of tests a day, compared with 400 now. He sustained: “Today, there is only one infected patient in France, who is hospitalised in Lyon. His fettle condition is not worrying.

“All the others, apart from an 80-year-old man who died, were discharged cured and are not contagious.”

M Veran later told a press conference he was preserve a close eye on the “serious” situation in neighbouring Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe.

State on Sunday, he said: “The situation tonight is very evolutive at an international height. We are paying particular attention to the situation in Italy.

“I spoke with my Italian and German counterparts.

“We bear agreed to hold a meeting between several European health preachers probably next week to discuss ways to tackle a possible upsurge.”

But “the situation in France is stable,” he insisted, adding that no new cases had been researched to date.

We must find “a European solution” to the health crisis, he told France 2 boob tube on Sunday evening.

Cases of the new coronavirus in Italy rose over the weekend to more than 150, tiring five people and prompting the government to block off the worst-hit areas in the northern tracts of Lombardy and Veneto.

China, for its part, reported another drop in new infections aspect of its epicentre on Sunday, but world health officials warned it was too early to originate predictions about the outbreak as new cases and fears of contagion flared up to another place.

On Sunday, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned the wearisome virus had put the global economy at risk.

On the sidelines of a two-day meeting of G20 assets ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he spoke: “The risk is now confirmed, and so is the impact on the global economy, and it is a real concern for all G20 fellows.

 “We are ready to take any additional measures if necessary to cope with a achievable worsening of the impact on the global economy.”

M Le Maire also said France should aim to give birth to more strategic goods, such as drugs and electric batteries, as the coronavirus outbreak let outs the danger of relying on imports from China.

He added: “It’s not protectionism, it’s virtuous responsibility.”

Paris on Friday announced a raft of measures to assist French groups affected by the fallout from the epidemic.

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