France will produce 10 million protective masks per week by the end of April, said President Emmanuel Macron.
He noted that before the coronavirus epidemic in France, paramedics used four million masks a week, and now 40 million. France has decided to import about a billion masks from China, the French leader recalled.
“But we need to produce more masks in France … to produce more in the national territory in order to reduce our dependence and provide us with the future,” said Macron, who arrived at the Kolmi-Hopen mask factory in Anger in the west of the country on Tuesday.
“Before the crisis in France, 3.3 million masks were produced per week. At the end of April we will have more than 10 million masks, in a few weeks we will triple production,” he said.
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The coronavirus pandemic in France went into the third stage. From March 17, France introduced strict restrictions on the movement of people, which were extended until April 15. The country has closed cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and non-food stores. Pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, gas stations, and tobacco stalls will remain open.
According to data on Monday, the total number of patients with coronavirus in France is 44 550 people, 3024 people died in hospitals.
The World Health Organization on March 11 announced an outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 with a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 690 thousand cases of infection have been recorded in the world, more than 33 thousand people have died.