France tries to slow progress

France tries to slow progress

The toll of the Covid-19 epidemic has further increased in France in recent hours. “According to the latest validated data, there are 1,191 confirmed cases,” said a statement from the Ministry of Health published on Monday. “Two more people died in Corsica and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, bringing the number of people dead to 21.”

All sports meetings, including those of Ligue 1, will be played behind closed doors or with 1,000 spectators until April 15 in France, announced for his part the Minister of Sports.

Limit the spread

“As you know, the Minister of Health Olivier Veran announced yesterday new measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in our country. Among these measures, the one that most impacts the sports ecosystem is the limitation of gatherings to 1,000 people in both open and confined environments. At this stage, this rule applies until April 15, “said Roxana Maracineanu at a press conference.

The match of the Six Nations Rugby Tournament between France and Ireland, originally scheduled for next Saturday, has been postponed. The Minister did not specify the date on which would be played this last meeting of the Tournament, which could be decisive for the final victory in the test.

Disneyland Paris remains open

A member of a maintenance team at Disneyland Paris was detected positive for the coronavirus, according to a spokesperson for the amusement park, confirming information from the ‘Parisian’.

The maintenance worker, who worked “behind the scenes” and “was not in contact with visitors” was “tested positive this weekend,” park spokesperson told Reuters news agency. , located in Seine-et-Marne and which receives an average of 15 million visitors per year. “The park remains open,” he added.

A big boss touched

The coronavirus has even affected a big boss of a listed company in France. Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of the ADP group, formerly Aeroports de Paris, tested positive for coronavirus, Reuters news agency said today, quoting a spokesperson for the airport operator. The tests were positive and Augustin de Romanet will remain confined to his home for fourteen days, said Reuters. The state of the leader would not, however, cause concern.

Revised GDP down

The coronavirus is weighing on tricolor growth … The Banque de France has lowered its forecast for the first quarter, with GDP expected to increase only 0.1%, against 0.3% previously, due to the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic across the country.

Urgent action at European level

Emmanuel Macron on Monday called on his European partners for “urgent action” to coordinate, in particular, health measures and the economic response to the coronavirus epidemic on the eve of a conference call devoted to the spread of the new virus between the 27 Member States.

“To face Covid-19, unity is strength,” wrote the French head of state on his Twitter account. “I call on our European partners to take urgent action to coordinate health measures, research efforts and our economic response. Let us act together now.”

Announced earlier as “imminent” by European Council President Charles Michel, a teleconference between leaders of the European Union devoted to the coronavirus will be held on Tuesday, a source in the entourage of Emmanuel Macron told Reuters.

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