COVID-19‌: American and French cases continue to climb‌

WASHINGTON / PARIS‌ ‌– ‌The novel coronavirus‌ COVID-19 pandemic‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌claim‌ lives‌ ‌all‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌world, with the situation in the U.S. and France continuing to worsen.‌ ‌French‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Minister‌ ‌Olivier‌ ‌Ferrand‌ ‌announced‌ ‌that‌ ‌833‌ deaths on Monday and 1,417 deaths on Tuesday. ‌Total cases in France have almost reached 110,000, with deaths now over 10,000.

A spike in reported deaths occurred on 2 April when deaths in nursing homes were added to the official tally, which had previously only included hospitalizations. A similar spike occurred in China on 12 February.

The‌ Minister Ferrand ‌also‌ ‌launched‌ ‌a‌ ‌massive‌ ‌campaign‌ ‌to‌ ‌conduct‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌tests‌ ‌in‌ ‌nursing‌ ‌homes‌ ‌where‌ ‌2,417‌ ‌deaths ‌have‌ ‌been‌ recorded.

On‌ ‌Monday,‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌10,000‌ ‌people‌ ‌reportedly died due to COVID-19 ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.S.‌,‌ ‌according‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌recent‌ ‌death‌ ‌count‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Baltimore-based‌ ‌Johns‌ ‌Hopkins‌ University‌ ‌since‌ ‌the‌ ‌outbreak‌ ‌in‌ ‌late‌ ‌January.‌ ‌‌Johns‌ ‌Hopkins‌ ‌University‌ ‌monitors‌ ‌the‌‌ number‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌infected‌ ‌and‌ ‌death‌ ‌cases‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌

As of Tuesday, there are over 386,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and over 12,000 deaths. ‌