French Coronavirus ICU treatments reach four and half month high

A doctor, wearing a protective mask and a protective suit, works in a pulmonology unit at the hospital in Vannes where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated, France

French health authorities said the number of people treated in intensive care units for COVID-19 has gone beyond the 1,500 threshold on Monday, a first since May 27, raising fears of local lockdowns in the country.

The number of people hospitalised for the disease stood above the 8,600 threshold for the first time since June 29.

France has reported soaring COVID-19 infections since thebeginning of September. The renewed strain on the country’shospital system prompted the government to announce extrarestrictive measures on Wednesday, mainly in big cities, tocontain the disease.

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