World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 01 Apr, 2021 04:00 am

Macron rejects calls for strict lockdown as COVID-19 surges in France

Macron rejects calls for strict lockdown as COVID-19 surges in France
In a prime-time speech, President Emmanuel Macron rejected medical authorities’ urgent pleas for a strict lockdown to keep hospitals from being totally swamped.

With 1,484 patients in intensive care, 90 percent of intensive care beds are already occupied.However, AP-HP warned that a failure to enforce a strict lockdown beginning April 1 would mean more than 3,400 patients in intensive care within the Ile-de-France broader Paris region in three weeks.An additional week’s delay, they warned, would mean 1,000 patients more would need intensive care by the end of the month.It plans to double the number of emergency care beds in France to 10,000 and train new intensive care nurses.

Instead, Macron announced minor social-distancing measures that are totally inadequate as a contagion driven by COVID-19 variants surges across France and Europe.As it refuses the measures health authorities are begging it to take, the Macron government is anticipating a vast wave of death that will sweep across France and Europe.

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