On January 24, 2020, the first three official cases of coronavirus were recorded in France, which turned out to be the first coronavirus infection in Europe. Patient Zero turned out to be a French wine merchant of Chinese origin. After him, two Chinese tourists who traveled from Wuhan, the outbreak of the virus in central China, fell ill.
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Patient Zero returned from China on January 22 to Pellegrin Hospital in Bordeaux. Chinese tourists were taken to hospitals in Paris. One of them, aged 80, died on February 14, 2020. He arrived in France on January 23, 2020, and died in the intensive care unit of the Claude Bernard Bichat Hospital in Paris.
However, Prof. After running PCR tests on samples taken from patients with pneumonia in December 2019 and January 2020, Yves Cohen, head of two intensive care units at the Avicennes hospitals in Bobigny and Jean Verdier in Bondy, discovered a case of coronavirus on December 27, 2019 He was 43 years old and had never been to China.
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On May 6, 2020, Dr. Michel Schmidt of Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Colmar reported a case of coronavirus on November 16, 2019. It concerned a 73-year-old male who had contact with the Chinese at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
A study by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), published on February 6, 2021 in the European Journal of Epidemiology, established that The Corona virus has been circulating in France since the fall of 2019.
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On February 7, 2020, at the Contamines-Montjoie ski resort in Haute-Savoie, with the discovery of five infected individuals, British nationals likely to have been infected by a Singapore tourist, all resort tourists who came in contact with them were ordered to be investigated.. After 10 days, it turned out that there were already 12 cases of coronavirus in France.
From February 17 to 21 an Open Door Christian Church meeting took place in Mulhouse with the participation of several thousand people, mostly French, but also Belgians, Germans and Swiss. This encounter is considered one of the main foci of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in France; It has infected more than a thousand people, including. From Ajaccio, Agen, Belfort, Besancon, Briancon, Dijon, Macon, Orléans, Paris, Saint-Lo, Strasbourg.
The death of the first Frenchman infected with the Corona virus was recorded in France on February 25, A teacher from the Jean de la Fontaine gymnasium in Crepy-en-Valois.
On February 29, 2020, it was reported that 100 people in France were infected with the Corona virus. The main cluster of infections was in Oise County, where the transport squadron was involved in bringing in 180 French nationals detained in Wuhan on the last day of January 2020.