France is preparing for an acceleration of the epidemic

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France is preparing for an acceleration of the epidemic





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Emmanuel Macron visits the emergency room at Necker Hospital in Paris on March 10, 2020.


CORONAVIRUS – The last official report, Tuesday evening, reported in France 33 deaths (against 25 Monday) out of 1,784 confirmed cases

The executive prepares the spirits for an acceleration of the epidemic of the new coronavirus, currently excluding containment measures as drastic as in Italy, and is trying to find an answer to the severe economic slowdown.

“We are taking appropriate measures. Today, there is no need to make decisions of this nature “but” if tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, there was reason to do it, we would explain it and maybe we would take it “, said Emmanuel Macron, in response to a question about the measures adopted in Italy. For the Director General of Health, Jerôme Salomon, “the transition to stage 3 should happen in the coming days”, which can locally accentuate certain constraints facing the coronavirus.

The last official report, Tuesday evening, reported in France 33 deaths (against 25 Monday) out of 1,784 confirmed cases. 86 patients are in intensive care. All of those who died were adults and 23 of them were over the age of 75.

“There are still many scientific uncertainties about this virus”

“We are at the very beginning of this epidemic,” said Emmanuel Macron, while the largest increase in confirmed cases – 372 in 24 hours – was reported on Tuesday evening. “We are living in an exceptional crisis,” he insisted. If “80 to 85% of the forms remain benign” recalled Jerôme Salomon, “there are still many scientific uncertainties about this virus”, unlike that of “the flu we have known for 100 years” – and which kills 10,000 each average year in the country. “It is not a flu, it can give serious forms on people not that old,” warned Jerôme Salomon.

Faced with the spread of the virus, the authorities are calling on volunteers from the health reserve to reinforce the health personnel, “including medical students”. In a press release from their respective orders, doctors and nurses are also invited to join the health reserve to fight the epidemic. This concerns professionals who have retired for less than five years or who are available following a cessation of activity.

Reinforced protection measures around the President

Gradually, the virus is approaching the top of the state with an infected minister (Franck Riester, Culture) and confined to his home. A test conducted on his colleague of justice Nicole Belloubet was however negative. The Elysee Palace has significantly strengthened the protection measures around the President and his staff, by limiting visits and meetings. About 1,000 coronavirus tests are performed every day, the ministry of health said. To increase capacity, the government authorized the city laboratories to test on Sunday.

The biologists’ union has also demanded “FFP2 protective masks, but also surgical masks essential to take care of patients at risk” and which are lacking in establishments. To stop the spread of the virus as much as possible, in addition to closing schools in the most affected regions since Monday, and for two weeks, all gatherings of more than 1,000 people are prohibited in France until April 15, in the open air as in an enclosed environment.

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