Jewish Losses High in French Coronavirus Outbreak
The number of French Jews who have died thus far of coronavirus is noticeably higher than their representation in the general population. Jews make up about 5% of the Covid-19 fatalities recorded in France, a death toll six times larger than their share of the population. France is home to Europe's largest Jewish community and has an estimated 500,000 members. French Jewish organizations have reported that approximately 1,500-2,000 Jews died of coronavirus, including some who were not brought to hospitals and died in nursing homes and other nursing centers. Hundreds have been flown to be buried in Israel. One reason suggested for the high rate of fatality among the French Jewish community is that most French Jews live in Paris or Strasbourg, where the rate of infection has been highest. (VFI News)
Pray for the Jewish community in France and for the healing of those with coronavirus. Intercede that those in danger of the virus there will adhere to safety measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding close gathering of large groups of people. Such rules are hard to follow among close small communities but their importance is essential in fighting this plague.