French doctors today called for “strict measures” to be taken in light of the surge in cases of the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.
Seven doctors wrote in an open letter published in the French journal du Dimanche that without applying more stringent rules, a second wave of injuries would hit French hospitals and intensive care units more powerful than the first.
The doctors said in their letter that “we must take swift and resolute action,” calling for the implementation of a general policy for wearing masks, with the exception of members of the same family.
Health experts said the situation is no different from what it is in countries such as Spain, Italy, Britain and Israel, which have already implemented tougher measures and even imposed closures.
In another open letter in the French newspaper “Le Monde”, Nobel Prize winners in economics Esther Duflo and Abhigit Banerjee suggested imposing a kind of curfew in early December to save Christmas at the family level. The proposal was rejected by Health Minister Oliver Ferrand.
France is severely affected by the pandemic, with more than 31,000 deaths, and a record number of new cases, which were recorded last Thursday evening and reached 16,96.
The government enforced stricter rules for some major cities, including imposing a total closure on bars and restaurants in Marseille and restricting the time they open in Paris.
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