5th Covid Wave: ‘Code White’ Alert In Southern France

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France: The Regional Health Agency of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur has activated the “code white” alert in all hospitals in southern France.

Enshrined in French law in 2004, the “code white” alert entails organisational measures such as mobilising backup personnel and prioritising operations for coronavirus patients for hospitals in case of a serious sanitary situation or overcrowding.

On Monday, hospitals in Marseille reported 140 hospitalised patients, 36 of them in intensive care.

The country’s other regional health agencies have also activated “code white” in the hospitals of Lille, Lyon, Strasbourg and Saint-Brieuc.

France’s “code white” measures include increasing the number of reanimation beds; transferring patients to less crowded hospitals; reinforcing communication processes; installing a crisis unit; mobilising backup personnel; and prioritising operations for coronavirus patients.

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