- Title: France reports 15 more coronavirus deaths, tally now at 48
- Date: 11th March 2020
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 11, 2020) (REUTERS) FRENCH HEALTH MINISTER, OLIVIER VERAN, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH HEALTH MINISTER, OLIVIER VERAN, SAYING: "On the national level, we count tonight 2,281 cases detected by tests, meaning around 500 more than yesterday. Forty-eight people have died, 105 people are in intensive care." SCREEN ANNOUNCING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH HEALTH MINISTER, OLIVIER VERAN, SAYING: "Certain regions count hundreds of cases, others only several dozen. So, the virus does not circulate actively within the territory, and so tonight, we remain on level two of the epidemic (response plan)." VERAN SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH HEALTH MINISTER, OLIVIER VERAN, SAYING: "Let me remind you, for Corsica and these 19 towns (near Montpellier), it's first about closing down nurseries and other educational institutions for 14 days. Then it's about limiting all gatherings apart from those that are essential to social, economic and democratic life of our country and this territory. This also means, in conclusion, inviting all fragile persons to stay at home - the elderly, vulnerable persons, sick people."
- Keywords: France Jerome Salomon coronavirus news briefing public health
- Reuters ID: LVA001C4M0O5J
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:01:16
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: French health authorities reported 15 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday (March 11), taking the country's death toll from the outbreak to 48, as the number of reported infections also sharply rose.
During a press conference, French Health Minister Olivier Veran also announced restrictions in two new areas of the country, the isle of Corsica and the urban area around the southern town of Montpellier.
The total number of confirmed cases came to 2,281, Veran added. That represents an increase of 497 cases on the tally reported Tuesday at 1800 GMT.
Veran said the virus does not "actively circulate" around France, as certain regions have recorded hundreds of cases, while others only a handful.
France is also suspending all visits in retirement homes to protect the elderly, who are the most impacted by the infection, Veran said.
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