Coronavirus Live News: Record New Cases In Poland And Netherlands; Infections Surge In Iran


French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown, noting that 58% of the country’s intensive care units are now occupied by Covid patients and medical staff are under increasing strain, AP reports.

“The government didn’t take into account what the first wave was and didn’t learn all its lessons,” Frédéric Valletoux, the president of the French Hospital Federation, said Wednesday on France-Inter radio.

He called for a full, month-long lockdown, saying: “This wave will be much more devastating for the hospital system. Hospitals won’t manage if we don’t take drastic measures.”

Business owners and some politicians are pushing for a compromise, such as local lockdowns in the hardest-hit areas, or a lockdown that would allow schools to stay open.

Economists warn that a full lockdown could affect Europe more broadly if other countries hit hard by rising infections then follow France’s lead.

France reported 523 virus-related deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest daily tally since April. The figures included the weekly number of nursing and care home deaths.

It brings France’s overall death toll to 35,541, the third-highest in Europe after Britain and Italy.

France has for weeks been reporting tens of thousands of new infections per day and is now recording more than 380 new cases each week per 100,000 people.

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