Dr. Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the scientific council that advises the French government on the virus, said that the country is in “a very difficult situation, even in a critical situation.”
“There may be more than 50,000 new cases every day,” he told RTL radio. Our estimate in the Scientific Council is close to 100 thousand cases, double this number.
“Among those who have not been tested and patients who have not shown symptoms, we are close to that number of cases,” he added. This means that the Corona virus is spreading very quickly. ”
For his part, Dr. Eric Cowoms, head of the infection and tropical diseases department at the Petit Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, said the country “needs to be closed again.”
He added, “We lost control of the epidemic, but this does not date back to yesterday. We lost control of the epidemic several weeks ago already. ”
The number of confirmed deaths in Europe has exceeded 250,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, which estimates the global toll at more than 1.1 million.