One Parisian is getting infected with coronavirus every 30 seconds, while every 15 minutes there is a Parisian arriving in hospital as a result of the disease, health minister Olivier Veran said.
Veran made the comments to RTL Radio in response to demands by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to open up small bookshops to try to keep commerce and social activity ticking over despite a new lockdown in France.
“She cannot ignore the fact that every 15 minutes, in the hospitals of Paris, there is someone ill who has been hospitalized with COVID. She cannot ignore the fact that every 30 seconds, there is a Parisian who has been contaminated,” said Veran.
France reported a record 52,518 new COVID-19 on Monday, the country’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 37,435.