Technology "In Île-de-France, the crisis is far from behind us"

“In Île-de-France, the crisis is far from behind us”

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INTERVIEW – Aurélien Rousseau, director general of the Ile-de-France regional health agency, calls on the authorities not to slacken containment efforts now.

A patient suffering from coronavirus, treated in the intensive care units of the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris (IMM) in Paris, April 6, 2020.
A patient suffering from coronavirus, treated in the intensive care units of the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris (IMM) in Paris, April 6, 2020. BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERS

LE FIGARO. – Does containment finally seem to produce effects in Île-de-France?

Aurélien ROUSSEAU. – Even if there is an undeniable slowdown in the progression of arrivals in intensive care, and hospitalizations in conventional medicine, the crisis is far from behind us. Each day, we always have more patients in intensive care than the day before (between 50 and 70 additional patients, compared to 250 last week). Most of them, however, do not come from outside: they were already hospitalized and are admitted to intensive care following the deterioration of their condition. This is another encouraging indicator.

Why do you remain worried?

We still have around 3000 patients, including 2500 Covid, in intensive care, while our usual capacity is 1200 beds. If we held out, it is thanks to the hard work of the health personnel, the reinforcement of nearly 500 carers from all over the country, and the transfers out of the Ile-de-France (there will be none

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