The guideline of the French government remained unchanged, Thursday March 11, 2021: avoid general reconfinement as much as possible. Île-de-France, expected at least for containment over the weekend, remains spared for March 13 and 14, 2021. And in the meantime, France is preparing to cross two major milestones because the pandemic continues to progress.
The bar of 4 million cases and 90,000 deaths crossed in France on March 12, 2021?
While Europe was moved by the crossing of the 100,000 dead mark in Italy the week of March 8, 2021, France is not far and will cross, on March 12, 2021, a historic milestone as well: a little less than a year before the first confinement, France should register, barring a statistical anomaly, its 90,000e death linked to Covid-19.
As of March 11, 2021, according to Public Health France, there were 89,856 deaths, but the day of Friday 12 should exceed this threshold, for two reasons: first, the number of deaths per day remains above 200, in France, on average and, in addition, on Friday Public Health France records the deaths that have occurred in social and medico-social establishments since the previous Tuesday: the bar of 200 more deaths should be largely crossed, thus raising the toll to more than 90,000.
And this will not be the only threshold crossed by the pandemic on Friday March 12, 2021: with 3,990,331 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the territory on March 11, 2021, less than 10,000 cases are missing to pass the 4 million mark. However, here too, the number of cases in 24 hours has remained above 20,000 per day since… early February 2021 (+27,166 on March 11, 2021). It’s hard to think that, suddenly, the number of cases will be divided by more than two: the 4 million cases of Covid-19 confirmed in France will therefore indeed be crossed on Friday, March 12, 2021.
2.6 million deaths worldwide, and more than 118 million confirmed cases
Globally, the situation remains tense: there are still more than 400,000 cases of Covid-19 every 24 hours, a level that has not changed since mid-October 2020. Each week, there are therefore on average more than 2 , 8 million new cases that are confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University. With 118.475 million cases confirmed as of March 11, 2021, it will therefore take less than a week for the 120 million case mark to be crossed, i.e. before March 18, 2021.
The number of deaths remains between 5,000 and 10,000 per day worldwide and 2.629 million people have already died from the disease linked to the contraction of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. If the pace is not reduced, the 3 million death mark could be crossed before the end of March 2021.