Sunday, March 22nd, France announced a significant jump in its coronavirus death toll. Between Saturday and Sunday, 112 deaths were reported, accounting for more than 16.6% of COVID-19 related deaths in the country. As a result, France’s death toll reached a total of 674 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak.
One of the deaths reported Saturday was of a French doctor, the first physician to die from COVID-19 in France. As a result, the French government is imposing harsher sanctions on those who break the lockdown mandate.
Despite the rising death tolls, French researchers did have good news. Research has shown a promising drug combination to treat coronavirus. The drugs, one an antibiotic and one an anti-malarial drug, could be given together to treat COVID-19. While the research is in its early stages, it is encouraging. The researchers called for the drug combination to be used in clinical trials.