Spurt in French daily COVID death toll linked to unreported hospital cases
October 24, 2020
Europe

Sudden spurt in French daily COVID death toll linked to unreported hospital cases

PARIS (FRANCE) – Health authorities in France have issued a statement which links the sudden spurt in the number of coronavirus cases to previously unreported cases in one hospital near Paris.

On Friday, the health ministry said the number of deaths resulting from the virus went up by 154 to 31,249, registering a four-month high in terms of daily new infections.

According to an explanatory note issued online by Santé Publique France, the national health agency that reports new coronavirus cases every day, that figure included 76 mortalities registered in a hospital near the capital city.

The agency said the unreported deaths were retroactively added in one go, resulting in the jump on Friday. French authorities announced on Thursday that the death toll had risen by 50 in one day.

“This data catch-up concerns 237 admission files, including 76 deaths… which explains the increase in the number of deaths reported to date,” the health agency said.

The hospital is situated in the department of Essonne, about 55 km (34 miles) south of Paris, said a statement from Geodes, which keeps track of public health data.

“This increase in the number of hospitalised people… does not reflect new hospitalisations but newly reported hospitalisations,” Geodes said on its website.

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