French MP in intensive care after contracting coronavirus

Ellen Manning
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The National Assembly (French: Assemblée nationale) is the lower house of the bicameral Parliament of France under the Fifth Republic.
A member of France's National Assembly is in intensive care after catching coronavirus (Picture: Getty)

A French MP is in intensive care after contracting coronavirus, the president of the country’s National Assembly has announced.

In a statement, Richard Ferrand said that a deputy and an employee of assembly had been infected with the virus, while another employee is also suspected to have the illness.

“The deputy is currently hospitalised in intensive care,” the statement said.

The news comes as a woman in her 70s became the first person to die in the UK after contracting coronavirus.

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The statement said: “The infected employee, working at the MP's bar, is confined to his home. The employee suspected of infection, working in the members' restaurant is hospitalised.

“All parliamentarians and staff were informed of the situation this evening as well as of the action to be taken.”

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He said the deputies’ bar and restaurant would be closed on Friday, along with other self-service shops.

An office has been dedicated to the issue of coronavirus, the president said.

France's President Emmanuel Macron meets staff during a visit to an EHPAD (Housing Establishment for Dependant Elderly People) in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, France amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) March 6, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that an epidemic of coronavirus is 'inevitable' in France (Picture: Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS)

News of the French MP’s hospitalisation comes as French president Emmanual Macron warned that an epidemic in the country was “inevitable”.

So far seven people have died in France, with more than 400 people recorded as having the viruse so far.

On Friday the number of people globally infected with the virus topped 100,000.