Invited to France 2 and then to TF1 on Sunday evening, the Minister of Health, Olivier Veran, once again called on everyone to stay at home, while the coronavirus crisis is only in its infancy.
The crowded parks in Paris, the Promenade des Anglais filled with people, the markets still so crowded… Sunday, the French did not seem to have taken the measure of the gravity of the situation linked to the coronavirus. However, on Saturday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had taken new measures, closing all unnecessary businesses and asking everyone to stay at home.
Faced with citizens’ indiscipline, the Minister of Health, Olivier Veran, launched a new appeal for solidarity and responsibility. Invited to France 2 on the occasion of the municipal election evening, he declared: “We are all actors, the decisions we make on a daily basis, the outings that we are going to cancel, the family meal that we are not going to to do, all this is crucial to protect the health of the French. Besides the images of these closed restaurants, I also found these images in the streets of Grenoble on the way to vote and in Paris on the way back, of grandparents who are happy with their grandchildren. These are beautiful images, the weather is fine, but I can tell you that the virus is invisible, the virus is circulating. It travels fast and threatens people’s lives. I implore the French who watch us to respect the measures of social restriction ”.
– Olivier Veran (@olivierveran) March 15, 2020
On TF1, he again sent his message, with force and gravity, once again. “It is not an act of resistance to go out when you say not to go out. It is an act of inconsistency or carelessness. And carelessness today can kill, “he said.
According to a statement published Sunday evening by the national public health agency, Sante Publique France, the balance sheet of the epidemic climbed Sunday to 127 dead and 5,423 confirmed cases, or 36 dead and more than 900 additional cases in 24 hours. More than 400 people are hospitalized in serious condition. On France Inter on Monday morning, the Director General of Health Jerôme Salomon described the spread of the coronavirus in France as “very worrying”. The situation “is deteriorating very quickly,” he warned, fearing a “saturation” of hospitals.