16-year-old among coronavirus victims as France records highest daily toll

Elias Hubbard
March 27, 2020

For many people, the high school student's death brought home what experts have warned - the new virus is not a threat only to the elderly or people with underlying medical problems.

Manon agreed to discuss to the Parisien newspaper, and to unlock {a photograph} of her sister, as a result of she sought after to warn others in regards to the possibility of coronavirus to younger other folks. It were given worse remaining weekend with mucus and on Monday we went to see a normal practitioner. She underwent scans and several tests for Covid-19 - the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus - but her condition deteriorated rapidly.

"We'll never know why", the girl's mother Sabine told AFP late Thursday after France's national health director gave the latest grim toll from the outbreak, now at almost 1,700 deaths.

Manon and her mom arrived on the health center after Julie's demise.

"No one is invincible in contrast mutant virus". Initially, they treated it with cough syrup and steam inhalation treatments.

"She just had a cough" that anyone might get as winter winds down, Julie's mother said.

The girl - only being identified as Julie A - died late Tuesday at Necker children's hospital in Paris after a "violent" decline from what appeared to be just a "slight cough", her family told French media.

"The door to her room opens, the nurses come in without wearing protective gowns, and the doctor gives me a thumbs-up sign telling me that everything is fine", Sabine said.

She mentioned: "We must stop believing that his virus only affects the elderly".

'Her lungs failed, ' said Manon. 'We had time to see her, but we quickly had to think about the future'. 'This was another dimension'.

Having started in the country's east, the epidemic is now spreading in the northernmost Hautes-de-France region, the Paris region and other areas with "an extremely high surge that puts the entire healthcare system, the entire hospital system, under enormous pressure", Philippe said.

The 16-year-old's funeral will take place on Monday in her hometown, but it will only be attended by " ten people maximum".

But on Thursday France recorded its highest death toll - 365 - and number of new infections - 3,922 - in a single day.

'The epidemic wave that is sweeping France is a wave that is extremely high and it is putting the entire care and health system under tremendous strain, ' prime minister Edouard Philippe told reporters after a video conference between ministers today.

"The situation will be hard in the days to come", he added.

Frédéric Valletoux, president of the French Hospitals Federation, said patients will have to be transferred to hospitals outside the capital because they could become overwhelmed within in two days.

The country has some 14,000 coronavirus patients in hospital, with 548 in intensive care.

Macron said Friday that he had a "very good discussion" with US President Donald Trump and that they, along with other countries, are preparing "a new strong initiative" to tackle the crisis in the coming days.

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has warned there will be "very difficult" days ahead as the number of confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus in the country soared to almost 30,000 on Friday.

Spain yesterday announced its death toll rose by 769 to 4,858, while the total number of infected rose to 64,059 from 56,188.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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