French President Emmanuel Macron admitted on Monday that France “was not ready enough” to face the emerging crisis of the Coronavirus, which revealed “holes” in a televised address to the French.
He added that even if the “epidemic started to slow down”, there were “deficiencies” as in all countries of the world, and we faced a shortage of shirts, gloves and antiseptic liquid, we were unable to distribute masks as much as we wanted, calling for “all lessons to be learned at the appropriate time”.
He added that “the quarantine will not be extended beyond May 11 unless the epidemic recedes”.
The French President also announced that France and Europe must help Africa fight the new Coronavirus by “canceling a large part of its debts”.
Macron said in a televised speech devoted to the Covid-19 epidemic in France that, apart from the “re-establishment” of Europe, “we must also help our African neighbors fight the virus more effectively, also helping them economically by canceling a large portion of their debts”.
The French Ministry of Health announced today, Sunday, that 566 new deaths were recorded in the newly created Corona virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 14,400 cases in the country.
The ministry confirmed that the total number of injuries in the country has risen to 95,403 cases, of whom 31,826 are in critical hospitals, and about 34% of hospital patients under the age of 60.
The Director General of Health, Jerome Salomon, said that the figures related to the number of new arrivals to intensive care show a slight improvement in the situation, but he warned at the same time, considering that the epidemic is still prevalent in the country.
On March 11, the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus as a “global pandemic”, confirming that infection figures are increasing very quickly, expressing concern that the infected population may increase significantly.
The epidemic forced many countries of the world, led by large countries with their capabilities and population, to take exceptional measures, ranging from a flight ban to declaring curfews and isolating entire regions, and even closing places of worship, to prevent the spread of deadly infections, and exceeded globally the number of new infections Coronavirus that first appeared in central China at the end of last year, one million and 812 thousand infections, and about 113 thousand deaths, while the number of people recovered reached 416 thousand.