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ICUs are nearing capacity in this French city. And it's only September

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dealing with the first wave was like a sprint, the second will be more like a marathon.

Bordeaux, France (CNN)Dealing with the first wave was like a sprint, the second will be more like a marathon.

That's how Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau, head of the intensive care unit at University Hospital in the southwestern city of Bordeaux, describes the resurgence of Covid-19 in France.

After young French people took advantage of the lifting of lockdown and summer months to socialize freely, Covid-19 hospitalizations have risen in large cities like Paris, Bordeaux and Marseille on the Mediterranean coast.

The last time University Hospital dealt with a rise in Covid-19 cases, it put aside all other emergency procedures to deal the crisis.

Hospital staff are more experienced than they were when the coronavirus first swept through France, and Bordeaux University Hospital is now armed with steroids to reduce Covid-19 symptoms and improved ventilators, both of which can reduce intubation rates.

But juggling the swelling number of Covid-19 patients alongside those with other conditions will be difficult, says Dr. Catherine Fleureau, the hospital's director.

Now, the number of new cases is rising fast.

The number of clusters has been rising steadily and, most worryingly, nationwide, the number of people in intensive care has risen 25% in the past week.

In both cities regional officials lowered the number of people allowed to gather for large events to 1,000 from 5,000 previously, resulting in the cancellation of sporting fixtures.

The success of these measures will dictate the number of patients that ultimately reach doctors like Dr. Joannes-Boyau.

"Because if this wave grows a lot, we will face a large number of patients with Covid-19 that will come and we will not able to treat them. "

Two days earlier, the head of the city's public hospitals said just four ICU beds were free.

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