The second wave of coronavirus infections tearing across France will be more severe than the first experienced in the northern spring if it is allowed to continue spreading at the current rate, the country's health minister says.
France would see the number of COVID-19 sufferers in intensive care peak at 6000 if the public complied with the new lockdown, or as many as 7000 if the virus continued spreading as it is now with not everyone respecting the confinement rules, Health Minister Olivier Veran said.
It reported more than 4000 COVID-19 patients in ICU on Wednesday.
"The next days and weeks will be difficult," Veran told a news conference.
France is scrambling to train more health workers.
Student medics could be called on once again for reinforcements, Veran added.