France may have an estimated 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, according to Jean-François Delfraissy, who leads the scientific council that advises the French government.
Speaking to France’s RTL radio on Monday morning, Delfraissy said, “There are probably over 50,000 cases per day.”
However, the scientific council estimates that the reality is around 100,000 daily cases, “because beyond diagnosed cases there are many not diagnosed and asymptomatic cases,” Delfraissy said.
He added that France is in a “very difficult, even critical, situation.”
“This second wave is probably going to be stronger than the first wave,” he said, adding that the governing council’s main objectives going forward are to protect the most vulnerable people from coronavirus and protect the economy.
On Sunday, the French Health Authority reported its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases with 52,010 new infections.
The most recent figures also show that of all the intensive care unit (ICU) patients, half of them are people ill with Covid-19. That proportion is even more alarming in the Paris region where 65.5% of ICU beds were occupied by Covid patients.
There are currently 2,575 people currently in ICU in France — double the number than in early October.