In its most optimistic pronouncement since the start of the crisis, France’s scientific advisory panel has said the Covid-19 epidemic is now “under control”.

The panel’s president, Jean-François Delfraissy, told France-Inter radio that though the virus was still circulating, it was now doing so “at low speed”.

“We reckon we are now on about 1,000 new cases a day,” he said, comparing this to the high-point of the epidemic when there were “around 80,000 new daily cases”.

Officially there have been, until today, 152,000 confirmed (ie tested) cases of coronavirus in France, and just over 29,000 deaths. The 80,000-a-day figure is an estimate of the real number of cases – including those undetected or with mild symptoms – in early March.

The number of dead from French hospitals on Thursday fell to 44.

Delfraissy said there were still clusters appearing, but these were easily circumscribed, thanks to testing, contact-tracing and self-isolation.

Source: BBC News

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