posted on Aug, 18 2003 @ 05:34 AM
PARIS (Reuters) - the Minister for Health, Jean-François Mattei, estimated Monday that the assessment of 5.000 deaths related to the heat wave was a
"One evoked (Sunday) the figure of 5.000 (deaths). It is an assumption, it is plausible but that is only one assumption ", it declared on RTL
(Luwembourg Radio and television). "We need to specify all that common by commune, to really know what it passed but naturally the figures will be
very important", the minister underlined. Sunday, Jean-François Mattei had contradicted this semi-official estimate of 5.000 died, allotted to his
services by the Newspaper of Sunday.
"We will not have the figures final and indisputable before several weeks because all the figures which were today advanced proceed of estimates",
it added Monday morning.
"My services gave me an estimate, a high fork of 3.000 for the period from the 6 to August 12", but this figure is a "extrapolation which remains
in spite of very specifying", according to Jean-François Mattei. The medical institute of day before currently carries out the analysis of
approximately a thousand of cards concerning the deaths by hyperthermia on the whole of the territory. The first results should be known at the
beginning of week.
In addition, medical alarm will not be raised to France "as long as the temperature will not be definitively with the fall because one does not
exclude a rebound in the next days", confirmed the minister. "We are still on the state of emergency", insisted Jean-François Mattei, on the
bolster for its management of the medical consequences of the heatwave...
[Edited on 18-8-2003 by Nans DESMICHELS]