Paris (AP) – Critical care physicians in Paris say the rise of coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm the ability to care for patients in hospitals in the French capital, possibly forcing them to choose which means to save patients.
The sobering warnings were conveyed in the opinions of newspapers signed by dozens of doctors in the Paris region on Sunday. They came at a time when French President Emmanuel Macron was vigorously defending his decision not to close France completely again, as he did last year. In January, the Macron government imposed a nationwide curfew, seizing it with other restrictions.
But due to the growing number of infections, և hospitals are becoming less and less bedridden, doctors are stepping up pressure for a complete French blockade.
Le Journal du Dimanche writes that 41 doctors from hospitals in the Paris region said: “We have never known of such a situation, even during the most horrific (terrorist) attacks,” which targeted the French capital, particularly the Islamic State extremists in 2015. People և filled the emergency departments of Paris with wounded.
Doctors predict that new, more lenient restrictions imposed this month on other parts of Paris’s will not be able to quickly contain the resurgent epidemic. They warned that hospital resources would not be able to keep up with the needs, forcing them to use “disaster medicine” in the coming weeks, when the peak of events would occur.
They have already written: “We already know that our ability to provide care will prevail.” “We owe it to ourselves to treat the sick in order to save as many lives as possible. This triage will apply to all patients with HIV who do not have HIV, particularly adult patients, with access to adequate care. ”
Another group of nine critical care physicians, who wrote in the newspaper Le Monde, also warned that resuscitation departments in Paris may have to drop patients.
They write: The current situation is striving for priorities, which is called “trinity”. “When there is only one ICU bed, but it can be used by two patients, it consists in deciding which of them will be admitted (են may survive) և who will not be admitted (և are likely to die). That’s where we’s going. ”
They accused Macron’s government of hypocrisy “forcing medical workers to decide which patient should live and who should die without specifying so clearly.”
Macron continues to argue that not closing France again this year, like in some other European countries, was the policy of a healthy government, even as more than 2,000 deaths a week brought the country closer and closer to the 100,000 people affected by the epidemic. More than 94,600 virus deaths are currently estimated in the country.
“We were right not to use the blockade in France in late January because there were no explosions that each model predicted,” Macron said last week. “None of me will be softer. I do not regret it, I will not accept the failure. “
The Macron administration hoped that its vaccination campaign would be able to overcome the resurgence of the outbreak, an ambition that seemed increasingly unrealistic during the hospital struggle. Following the slow start of December, the impetus for vaccination in France over the weekend intensified with the start of injections for healthy people over 70:.
More than 7.7 million people, 15% of all French adults, have had at least one stroke with the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine. The government says rates will continue to rise, with France expecting to receive an additional 3 million Pfizer doses this week.
EU vaccine king Thierry Breton told French radio station RTL on Sunday that the bloc would deliver 420 million doses of the vaccine to its member states by July 15.
“Vaccines are coming,” he said.
Breton also announced a draft health certificate proposed by the EU that could make it easier for residents to cross its internal borders. The certificate shows whether people have been vaccinated, tested negative for coronavirus, or recovered. He said the certificate would be optional and could be available in mid-June.
“Leicester” reported from Le Pecq (France).
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