PARIS, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Marc Noizet, president of Samu-Urgences France, an emergency service provider in France, alerted on Thursday that the intensive care units (ICU) across the country are under pressure.
Speaking to the French news channel Franceinfo, Noizet said that an investigation of the ICU in July shows that in some regions, there were "very significant increases of 80 or even 100 percent in activities" in ICUs.
A total of 95 percent of ICUs have encountered "significant problems with the availability of beds", 90 percent have difficulties with medical personnel and 89 percent have difficulties with the lack of non-medical personnel, the French media outlet said.
In July, 42 hospitals were forced to close their ICUs for a total of 546 nights, and 23 hospitals completely closed their ICUs for a total of 208 days, according to the report. ■