A total of 7,560 people in France have died after contracting coronavirus, France’s Director-General of Health Jérôme Salomon said Friday.

Of those who have died, 5,532 individuals had been hospitalized, while 2,028 died in care homes for the elderly, Salomon added.

Speaking during a press briefing in Paris, Salomon confirmed that a total of 68,605 people have so far tested positive for the virus; of those, 28,143 have been hospitalized, while 6,838 people are currently being treated in intensive care units. 

Coronavirus France
Coronavirus France

Some context: On Friday, Salomon announced that the increase in patients needing intensive care is slowing down, telling members of the press that the “constant need to find new places in ICU is increasing less rapidly” across the country. 

There are at least 297,575 coronavirus cases in the US

There are at least 297,575 cases of coronavirus in the US and 8,098 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.

On Saturday, at least 19,622 new cases and 946 deaths in the US have been reported, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins. 

Coral Princess cruise ship, with 2 dead and several ill aboard, has docked in Miami

The Coral Princess cruise arrived at Port Miami Saturday with two deceased passengers and several others who “are not fit to travel,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a briefing on Zoom.

Coral Princess cruise ship
Coral Princess cruise ship

“I want to offer my condolences to the families of loved ones of the two people who died from Covid-19 on that ship, it is heartbreaking news,” Gimenez said.
There are two other passengers on the ship who “need immediate medical attention” and will be taken to Larkin Hospital. There are more people “that will be transported to other hospitals in Florida,” Gimenez said.

There are about 15 passengers “that are not fit to travel” because they are “still ill,” they will remain onboard until cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Gimenez.

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“All of the passengers are being screened before heading to the airport to get to their final destination,” Gimenez said.

The Coral Princess had 1,020 passengers and 878 crew; of those 993 passengers and 840 crew were “deemed fit to travel,” Gimenez says.

In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Princess Cruises said: “All of us at Princess Cruises are deeply saddened to report that two guests passed away on Coral Princess. Our hearts go out to their family, friends, and all who are impacted by this loss. All of us at Princess Cruises offer our sincere condolences.”

The Coral Princess departed Santiago, Chile, on March 5 and attempted to disembark guests in Brazil and later Fort Lauderdale before arriving in Miami.


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