LIVE – Thirty people died, five more than on Monday, and 1,606 in total were contaminated in France by the new coronavirus. Follow the evolution of the crisis live, as the authorities prepare for a transition to stage 3 of the epidemic.
Thirty people died, five more than on Monday, and 1,606 in total were contaminated in France by the new coronavirus according to a new report published Tuesday early in the afternoon by the Ministry of Health. France remains the second most affected European country behind Italy. The government continues to organize the fight against the new coronavirus who contaminated the Minister of Culture Franck Riester and has repercussions on the economy, whose alarming signs of slowdown are worrying. Follow the evolution of the crisis live on Tuesday, March 10, as the authorities prepare for a transition to stage 3 of the epidemic.
. 3:34 p.m. 30 confirmed deaths in France
Thirty people died, five more than on Monday, and 1,606 in total were contaminated in France by the new coronavirus according to a new report published Tuesday early in the afternoon by the Ministry of Health.
The last official report, Monday evening, reported 25 deaths and 1,412 cases, according to the Director General of Health Jerôme Salomon.
. 3:17 p.m. Trump denounces a “shabby” and “slow” central bank
Donald Trump called the American Central Bank “shabby” on Tuesday, accusing him of being slow in taking decisions to combat the economic impact of the new coronavirus.
“Our shabby and slow Federal Reserve, led by Jay Powell, who raised rates too quickly and lowered too late, should bring our policy rate down to the levels of our competing countries,” said the President in a tweet. “They now have an advantage of up to two points, with even more help on currencies,” he said.
. 2:39 p.m. Madrid suspends flights between Italy and Spain
The Spanish government decided on Tuesday to ban all flights between Italy and Spain until March 25 in order to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, the number of cases of which continues to surge, according to the Official Journal. “Direct flights between any airport located in Italy and any airport located in Spain are prohibited from midnight on March 11 until March 25,” said this decision of the left government of Pedro Sanchez published in the official journal.
The text however provides for exceptions, notably for cargo planes, humanitarian or medical flights. This drastic measure comes at a time when the number of cases has increased considerably in the country since this weekend.
. 2:07 p.m. Riester reassures about his state of health
“I’m fine,” said Tuesday on his social networks the Minister of Culture Franck Riester, “diagnosed positive for coronavirus” and “placed in the fortnight” at his home. “Today I suffer from classic flu symptoms,” said the minister, who will continue “to work remotely with the ministry teams” and “to stay in close contact with the campaign team”, since heads the list in Coulommiers (Seine-et-Marne) for the municipal elections.
Following “the announcement last week of proven cases of coronavirus” in the National Assembly, Mr. Riester indicates having taken “the precaution not to participate in the public meetings organized this Saturday by our team or in direct and prolonged exchanges with the Columeriennes et Columeriens “. The minister claims that he suffered “no symptoms this weekend” and that the signs “very characteristic of a flu-like state did not appear” until Monday morning. “The decision was therefore made to have me tested (Monday) at noon”.
As you know, I was tested positive for #coronavirus. I work from my home, in connection with my office and the teams of @MinistereCC. I sincerely thank all those who have shown me their support and friendship.
– Franck Riester (@franckriester) March 10, 2020
. 1:49 p.m. Ryanair to suspend all flights to Italy until April 8
Ryanair announced on Tuesday that all flights to Italy will be suspended until April 8 after the country is confined to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
Ryanair said in a statement that the suspension of Italian domestic flights will begin on Wednesday and that of international flights on Friday.
. 1:42 p.m. Belloubet confined pending the results of the test
The Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, “slightly feverish”, canceled all her meetings Tuesday, pending the result of a screening test for the new coronavirus, we learned from the Chancellery. The Keeper of the Seals, 64, “felt a little fever this (Tuesday) morning and preferred to cancel, as a precaution, a planned trip as well as an appointment with the Prime Minister”, was told ministry. The minister “has just been tested” for the Covid-19, it was added, specifying that the results of this test would be known at the end of the day. Ms. Belloubet notably went last week to the Senate, to vote on the bill relating to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, and to the National Assembly, for the sitting of current affairs questions to the government.
. 1:19 p.m. Norwegian Air Shuttle to cancel 3,000 flights from March to June
Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle will cancel about 3,000 flights from mid-March to mid-June, or 15% of its capacity, due to reduced demand due to the epidemic of new coronavirus, she announced Tuesday.
In a press release, the third European low cost, already in financial difficulty, also indicated that it would use temporary unemployment measures and appealed for help to the authorities.
. 12:55 p.m. “We are at the very beginning of this epidemic”, says Emmanuel Macron
“We are at the very beginning of this epidemic” of the coronavirus in France, underlined Tuesday Emmanuel Macron after having visited in the morning the call center (15) of the Samu of the Necker-Enfants Malades hospital in Paris.
“We are at the very beginning of this epidemic, we must be very clear, lucid (…) we are organized, and in particular our Samus are facing the beginning of this crisis,” said the head of state, addressing a message of support and recognition to medical staff.
Facing Covid-19, we each have an individual responsibility: pic.twitter.com/It7Ywr2QMj
– Élysee (@Elysee) March 10, 2020
. 12:38 p.m. Emmanuel Macron’s chief of staff soon to be screened
Emmanuel Macron’s chief of staff, Patrick Strozda, will test for coronavirus Tuesday or Wednesday after being in contact with a contaminated person last week, a source at the Elysee said on Tuesday.
“Patrick Strozda was in contact with a person tested positive last week, he does not develop any symptoms,” said the source, confirming information from M6. “He teleworks from home as a precaution vis-a-vis the head of state and will be tested today or tomorrow”.
“His assistant ensures continuity,” she added.
. 12:29 p.m. The epidemic “practically contained” at its epicenter according to Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping, on a surprise visit to Wuhan, deemed the epidemic “practically contained” at the epicenter of Covid-19, according to remarks reported on Tuesday by state media.
“The first results were obtained by stabilizing the situation and reversing the trend in Wuhan and Hubei”, the surrounding province where some 56 million inhabitants have been quarantined since the end of January, said Xi, quoted by official new China agency.
🇨🇳 FLASH – Head of State Xi Jinping visited #Wuhan, where the epidemic of # COVID19 seems to be coming to an end. He announces the lifting of certain restrictions in the province of #Hubei.pic.twitter.com/GaEYQGiENE
– Conflicts (@Conflits_FR) March 10, 2020
. 12:22 p.m. 450 sports events impacted in France
Some 450 sports events are impacted and nearly 2 million spectators nationwide are affected by the restrictions imposed until April 15 by the development of the coronavirus epidemic, said Tuesday the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu.
“We have become aware of the economic impact on sport clubs and businesses” of these measures, added the minister, after a meeting with representatives of federations, leagues and clubs, and related businesses to the world of sport, Tuesday morning at the ministry.
“I think mainly of the supporters, it is a real message of empathy and thanks for the understanding and awareness that they may have of this theme and I ask them to push their fervor for their team to later, especially for PSG-Dortmund, “she said.
Maracineanu also said that the Sports Ministry had asked the broadcaster of the match in France – RMC sport, without naming it – so that this match of the Champions League football could be broadcast in clear – but that the broadcaster “had not not choose that way. “
. 11.54 a.m. The President of the European Parliament confined to his home
The President of the European Parliament, the Italian David Sassoli, announced on Tuesday that he had confined himself to his Brussels home for two weeks after visiting Italy last weekend.
“After having been in Italy last weekend, I decided, as a precaution, to follow the measures indicated and to exercise my function of president from my home in Brussels, in accordance with the 14 days indicated by the health protocol”, he said in a statement.
According to a European official, the European Parliament decided on Monday, for security reasons, to shorten its plenary session in March. This session, initially scheduled in Strasbourg, had already been relocated to Brussels to limit the spread of the epidemic.
# COVID19 obliges us to be responsible and cautious. Following the latest measures in Italy, I will fulfill my role as President from my home in Brussels, as a precautionary measure, in line with the 14 days indicated by the @Europarl_EN health protocol https://t.co/9YIntFZamx pic.twitter.com/6TFyW2op1p
– David Sassoli (@EP_President) March 10, 2020
11.40 a.m. British Airways cancels all of its daily flights to Italy
British Airways announced on Tuesday that it had canceled all of its daily flights to Italy after the entire country was confined due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Questioned by AFP, a spokeswoman for British Airways confirmed the cancellation of flights to and from Italy on Tuesday. She said that “all customers who were to travel today (Tuesday) have been contacted”, without giving details of possible cancellations for the next few days.
11:39 a.m. CFDT calls for postponement of new unemployment insurance rules
The CFDT asked Tuesday the postponement of the change in the method of calculating unemployment benefit, which must come into force from April 1, because of the coronavirus, precarious jobs being “the first adjustment variable” in time crisis.
From April 1, 2020, the second wave of changes to the rules for calculating unemployment benefit as part of the unemployment insurance reform will have “terrible consequences for hundreds of thousands of people who work in multiple contracts. short-term, “writes the CFDT.
“Measures are announced to support companies and sectors in difficulty” because of the coronavirus, “what about job seekers and precarious workers?”, Questions the first French union.
11:22 a.m. Macron at the Necku Hospital Samu
Emmanuel Macron arrived Tuesday morning at the Samu call center (15) of the Parisian hospital Necker-Enfants Malades, for the fourth in a series of trips devoted to the coronavirus crisis. This emergency aid center currently receives 6,000 calls per day, twice as much as normal and has set up a reinforced organization by mobilizing medical students and retired doctors.
“The president wishes to send a message of support and recognition to highly mobilized personnel, at the forefront of the coronavirus prevention and control system, who are facing an exponential demand for information from the public who must learn not to saturate 15, number that must be reserved for vital emergencies, “said the Elysee.
11:08 a.m. 30 dead in France
The coronavirus has killed 30 people in France where 1,412 cases of contamination have been identified, according to the latest assessment by Public Health France published on Monday. Jerôme Salomon, Director General of Health, had reported Monday evening 25 deaths, explaining this difference by his concern to have “consolidated data” about the victims during his daily press briefing.
10:38 a.m. No drug shortage at this stage
Problems with drug shortages or supply “cannot be ruled out” as the coronavirus epidemic spreads, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Tuesday, adding that no problems had been reported at this stage.
To deal with this eventuality, the Agency has started a review of drugs for human or veterinary use in order to identify the most at risk, while the vast majority of the active ingredients necessary for their manufacture come from Asia.
10:24 a.m. 114,151 cases of infection identified
Since the appearance of the new coronavirus last December, 114,151 cases of infection have been recorded in 105 countries and territories, causing the death of 4,012 people, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources Tuesday at 9:00 GMT. 898 new contaminations and 48 new deaths have been identified since the count made the previous day at 5:00 p.m.
China (without the territories of Hong Kong and Macao), where the epidemic has declared itself, has counted 80,754 cases, including 3,136 deaths and 59,897 people healed today. 19 new contaminations and 17 new deaths were announced there between Monday 5:00 p.m. GMT and Tuesday 9:00 GMT. Elsewhere in the world, 33,397 cases (877 new) were listed Tuesday at 9:00 GMT, including 876 deaths (31 new). The most affected countries after China are Italy (9,172 cases, 463 deaths), South Korea (7,513 cases including 131 new cases, 54 deaths), Iran (7,161 cases, 237 deaths), France (1,412 cases including 221 new, 25 deaths).
10:16 a.m. The Elysee strengthens protection around Macron
The Elysee has significantly strengthened since Tuesday the protective measures against the coronavirus around Emmanuel Macron and his collaborators, by limiting visits and meetings, but the Head of State intends to continue his trips, said the Elysee, confirming information from France Inter. To “preserve the president’s workspace”, no more meetings are organized in his offices and attention is paid to the objects he touches, such as pens, pads or files. Overall “a space is maintained around it”, explains the Elysee.
Reinforced protection measures also apply to the 800 employees of the palace and in particular to the closest collaborators of Emmanuel Macron. Thus public visits are suspended, guests for lunches or dinners reduced to the bare essentials. All visitors are systematically asked if they have been exposed to contact cases or have visited cluster areas.
10:11 a.m. Slight rebound at the opening on the Paris Stock Exchange
The Paris Bourse timidly healed its wounds Tuesday morning the day after its worst session in twelve years, thanks to a slight rebound in oil prices, building on a large response from governments and central banks to the crisis coronavirus. At 9:45 a.m., the CAC 40 index gained 2.90% at 4,844.62 points. Monday, the Parisian place had experienced its worst session since the last major financial crisis, collapsing 8.39% to 4,707.91 points. It had then brought its losses over the year to more than 21%.
10:06 a.m. Faure (PS) requests more funds for the hospital
The first secretary of the PS Olivier Faure ruled Tuesday “imperative to vote in the coming weeks a corrective finance law” which allows to release funds for the public hospital which is facing the crisis of the new coronavirus. While in Italy the whole population is now asked to stay at home, he noted on Radio Classique that in France, where “for the moment the crisis is well managed”, “today our system of health is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. “
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“There is a need to hear what the caregivers who have been on strike for almost a year say, it would be imperative to vote in the coming weeks for a collective budget, an amending finance law, which will allow us to go to the front caregivers and give them the means they need, “said Faure. He compared practices in Italy, “where we select patients because we can’t afford to treat them all”, to “war medicine”, a “very serious” situation. The Ministry of Health had announced on March 3 that public hospitals and private clinics would recover 260 million euros corresponding to the credits “not consumed” in 2019, a sum which was added to the 415 million put in reserve in early 2019 and “thawed” in December.
10:00 a.m. Politicians call to vote despite coronavirus
“Come and vote with gloves, with caps, with masks, but come and vote!”. Like the deputy LR Eric Woerth, politicians call Tuesday not to sacrifice Sunday the municipal elections despite the coronavirus crisis. “I would like to encourage voters to come and vote” because “the coronavirus will last what it needs to last but the elections, we entrust the management for six years to a municipal team”, explained on Public Senate the deputy of Oise.
“If the elections do not take place, then everything must be closed,” he added. “We must do everything so that participation is maximum, that the ballot is not impacted”, abounded on RFI Pierre Person, deputy of Paris and number 2 of LREM.
9:59 a.m. Traffic could be adapted to SNCF and RATP
The coronavirus crisis could lead to adaptations in the service of the SNCF and the RATP, warned Tuesday the Secretary of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, ruling out on the other hand an outright suspension of traffic. “We can expect with the epidemic peak to have more people absent in these two large public companies, to have perhaps 15% or 20% of people absent,” said Djebbari on RTL.
“And so as we did during the strike, we will manage absenteeism, perhaps by reducing the frequency on certain lines, perhaps by prioritizing certain other lines,” he added. These adaptation measures, on which the government, RATP and SNCF are already working, will be done “day by day, depending on the people available”, however warned the Secretary of State. Asked about the consequences of going to “stage 3” of the Covid-19 epidemic, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari however excluded the hypothesis of an outright halt in public transport.
9:22 a.m. Pope asks priests “to go out and see the sick”
Pope Francis asked the priests on Tuesday “to have the courage to go out and see” the patients suffering from the coronavirus, during his morning mass pronounced in his hotel residence, the Sainte Marthe house.
“Let us also pray to the Lord for our priests, that they may have the courage to go out and visit the sick, carrying the strength of the Word of God and the Eucharist, and to accompany the medical personnel and the volunteers in the work they do “with the sick, he said.
(with AFP and Reuters)