French President Macron announced on Tuesday when he visited a mask manufacturing company in the west that France will realize the independent production of masks and ventilators as soon as possible. Agence France-Presse said that when France was hit hard by the new coronavirus epidemic, Macron proposed “strategic industry” autonomy. Nearly 500 new coronavirus deaths were added within 24 hours in France, setting a “new high” since the outbreak began, with a cumulative total of more than 3,500.
Macron on Tuesday inspected Kolmi-Hopen, France ’s most important mask manufacturer, in Manne-et-Loire, stressing that France should regain its “sovereignty” and no longer rely on imports for some of its most demanding products.
Agence France-Presse said that France, which is experiencing the impact of the new coronavirus epidemic today, is “scarce” in essential medical products such as masks, which has become a symbol of France’s dependence on Chinese imports. Facing criticism from all sides, Macron visited the mask manufacturing enterprises on Tuesday to show that France will completely get rid of this “pain” of passive dependence in the future.
Agence France-Presse reported that French hospitals are nearing “saturation” and front-line medical staff is constantly complaining about the shortage of medical protective equipment. The demand for medical masks is currently 4 million per week.
The Kolmi-Hopen mask manufacturer visited by Macron on Tuesday is one of the four major mask manufacturers in France at present. The factory currently produces shafts 24 hours a day.
According to statistics released by the French Ministry of Health on Tuesday night, there were 499 new cases of New Coronavirus deaths in France, a “new high” since the outbreak began, a total of 3523 deaths, and 1749 new patients admitted to the hospital, reaching 22,800. Among the hospitalized patients, the number of critically ill patients increased by 457, bringing the total to 5,564.