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Ford will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a plant in Michigan, in the USA, the company has said.
Working in cooperation with General Electric’s healthcare unit, another 30,000 units can then be made per month, the Ford Motor Company says. The firm adds that the simplified ventilator design has been cleared by the US’s Food and Drug Administration, can meet the needs of most Covid-19 patients and relies on air pressure without the need for electricity.
Survivors of domestic violence will be housed in hotel rooms paid for by the state, the French gender equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, says. She has announced that pop-up counselling centres will also be set up after figures showed the number of abuse cases has soared during the first week of the country’s lockdown.
Schiappa has said about 20 such centres will open in shops around the country so women could drop in for help while getting groceries, according to a report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The French government also announced an extra €1m (about £890,000) for anti-domestic abuse organisations to help them respond to increased demand for services.