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Paris hospitals nearly overwhelmed by Covid third wave, doctors warn

Paris hospitals could soon be overwhelmed (AFP)

Surging coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm hospitals in Paris, critical care doctors have warned. 

This could affect the French capital’s ability to care for patients, possibly forcing officials to choose which sick people they treat.

In total, 41 Paris-region doctors signed an opinion article in the Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper on Sunday, which delivered the warning.

It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron has defended his decision not to completely lock down France again as he did last year.

Since January, his government has instead imposed a nationwide overnight curfew and followed with a mixture of other restrictions.

But with infections soaring and hospitals increasingly running short of intensive care beds, doctors have been stepping up the pressure for a full lockdown.

A Covid-19 patient from the Paris region (AP)

The doctors who backed the article said they had ‘never known such a situation, even during the worst (terror) attacks’ that targeted the French capital.

They predicted softer new restrictions imposed this month in Paris and some other regions will not bring the third wave of the epidemic under control quickly.

They warned hospital resources will not keep pace with needs, forcing them to practise ‘catastrophe medicine’ in the coming weeks as cases peak.

They wrote: ‘We already know that our capacity to offer care will be overwhelmed.

‘We will be obliged to triage patients in order to save as many lives as possible. 

‘This triage will concern all patients, with and without Covid, in particular for adult patients’ access to critical care.’

French President Emmanuel Macron (Getty)

Macron remains adamant not locking France down again this year, like some other European countries, was the right thing to do.

He said last week: ‘We were right not to implement a lockdown in France at the end of January because we didn’t have the explosion of cases that every model predicted.

‘There won’t be a mea culpa from me. I don’t have remorse and won’t acknowledge failure.’

But now more than 2,000 deaths per week are pushing the country closer to the milestone of 100,000 lost to the pandemic. 

France now has more than 94,400 dead.

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