LIVE – Emmanuel Macron will speak on television at 8:00 p.m. Monday. This midday, it brings together a new defense council to take stock of the situation and potentially discuss new measures in the face of the rapid spread of the coronavirus in France, it was said Monday at the Elysee Palace.
A week of an unprecedented kind opens on Monday for the French, deprived of most public places and invited to telecommute while looking after their children while awaiting possible even more radical measures, such as general confinement, to try to stop the epidemic.
Faced with his fellow citizens deemed “unruly” as to the measures of “social distancing”, President Emmanuel Macron must decide the heavy question of a possible compulsory confinement of the entire population. And this for a long time, as already decided by Italy or Spain.
The government has already enjoined the French on Sunday to comply with the instructions to curb the spread of the coronavirus after an unprecedented increase in deaths and contaminations in the country.
Contrary to a widely held idea up to now, “serious forms are reported in adults without previous pathologies” and not only “in elderly or frail people”, warns the Directorate General of Health.
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.
A first death related to the coronavirus was recorded in Overseas: it is about an 86 year old woman, deceased in Martinique.
Among the personalities, the president of the Republicans (LR), Christian Jacob, was tested positive and confined to home.
This is the largest daily increase in cases and deaths since the appearance of the virus in France, which officially entered Saturday in stage 3 of the epidemic.
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10.05 am – Pompidou’s emergency chief “sees the wave coming”
The coronavirus epidemic is causing “an influx of patients” in hospitals, where certain resuscitation services “are already overwhelmed,” said Professor Philippe Juvin, chief of emergency at the Parisian Georges-Pompidou hospital, who recommends confinement.
Opinion of heavy weather in health facilities: “Some are completely overwhelmed, others are loading, but we see the wave coming,” said Professor Juvin on LCI.
In the Haut-Rhin, where the epidemic spread earlier than elsewhere, “resuscitation capacities are exceeded” in Mulhouse, while the Colmar hospital suffers from “equipment shortages”, he said. he assures.
In the Paris region, “we have witnessed a doubling of the number of patients hospitalized in intensive care (…) in three days,” he added.
Emergencies are confronted with “an influx of patients who disorganize them” and this engorgement “creates chaos in medical services”.
“Currently all patients who need resuscitation go to resuscitation”, but hospital capacities are limited, hence the need to “spread the wave”, he stressed.
According to him, to achieve this, “there are not ten solutions, there is only one (…) it is necessary to confine the population”.
9:55 a.m. – The government specifies which businesses can open
Large stores, food businesses, pharmacies, newsagents, funeral directors or banks are among the businesses that may open as part of the containment measures decided against the coronavirus by the government, details an order published Monday in the Official Journal.
French businesses can “continue to receive the public for the activities listed in the appendix to this decree”, says the text.
The government orders since Sunday the closing of the “not essential” places, in particular restaurants and bars, but a vagueness remained on the businesses authorized to open. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe spoke on Saturday of food stores, pharmacies, banks, tobacconists and petrol stations.
All these activities are listed in the decree published on Monday, as well as large areas of various sizes, mini-markets, supermarkets and hypermarkets.
In addition, there are resellers of automobile and two-wheel equipment, suppliers of farmers and their equipment suppliers, sellers and repairers of computers or telephones. Laundries and funeral services are also open.
On another level, places of worship, such as churches, will remain open but cannot accommodate more than 20 people, except in the case of burials for which no limit is given.
9:44 am – Air France-KLM plans to reduce its offer by “70 to 90%” for two months
The Air France-KLM group will reduce its activity from 70% to 90% in the next two months at least, due to travel restrictions and the drop in demand in the face of the spread of the coronavirus, according to a statement on Monday.
The group’s offer in seat kilometers offered, a measure of the calculation of the number of seats offered on an airline, “could drop between -70% and -90%”, according to the group’s press release which programmed this reduction “for a duration of 2 months “. Air France-KLM “will continue to follow the evolution of the context on a daily basis to make it evolve if necessary”.
At the opening of the Paris Stock Exchange, the share of Air France-KLM fell by more than 17%.
Air France will notably immobilize “its entire Airbus 380 fleet” and KLM “its entire Boeing 747 fleet”
9:39 am – Macron meets on Monday for a “Defense Council format” lunch
Emmanuel Macron will meet this Monday at noon a new defense council to take stock of the situation and potentially discuss new measures to deal with the rapid spread of the coronavirus in France, it was said Monday at the Elysee Palace.
The French Head of State will gather around a lunch at the Elysee Palace the Ministers of Health, the Economy, Defense, the Interior and Justice, the same source said. .
At this stage, no new containment measure has been taken since the announcement on Saturday evening of the closure of bars, cafes and non-essential shops but the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire hinted Sunday that new initiatives could be taken if necessary.
The Head of State was also scheduled to meet at 10:00 am with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the Council Charles Michel to discuss possible enhanced control at the European borders, before the videoconference G7 leaders at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. GMT).
9:29 a.m. – No food shortage in France, insists the Minister of Agriculture
There is no food shortage in France in the face of the spread of the coronavirus, said Monday the Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume, calling on the French not to empty the shelves by making excessive reserves.
“There will be no problem in supplying food,” said Guillaume on the CNEWS channel, in line with comments made the day before by Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy.
The latter had assured that food businesses and supermarkets would keep most of their references on the shelves, but called on the French to behave “responsibly” without “rushing to the shelves”.
“There is no shortage,” insisted Mr. Guillaume, while food businesses remain open in contrast to multiple public places forced to close, including cafes and restaurants, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Perhaps some product lines will not all be there,” nuanced the minister. “If you want to buy spaghetti, you may not have the full range of spaghetti, not all brands, not all sizes of spaghetti.”
9:22 am – Michelin stops its factories in Spain, France and Italy for a week
The French tire group Michelin has decided to interrupt the production of its factories for a week in Spain, France and Italy because of the coronavirus, a spokesman announced on Monday morning.
It is a question of respecting “the hygiene and containment measures put in place in these countries”, explained this spokesman to AFP, specifying that this decision was valid for the moment “until Sunday 22 March”.
9:18 am – The Paris Bourse plunges at opening (-5.62%) to 3,886.82 points
The Paris Bourse plunged again at the opening Monday (-5.62%), panic continuing to seize the financial markets after several actions of central banks, including the Fed, faced with the spread of the coronavirus.
At 9:00 a.m. (8:00 a.m. GMT), the CAC 40 index fell from 231.54 points to 3,886.82 points. Friday, he had finished a cataclysmic week, where he lost 20.03%, by a meager technical rebound (+ 1.83%).
8:53 am – The entry into force of the new unemployment insurance rules postponed to September 1
The entry into force of new rules in application of the unemployment insurance reform, initially scheduled for April 1, will be postponed to September 1 due to the epidemic of new coronavirus in France, announced Monday the Minister of Labor , Muriel Penicaud.
Because of the “exceptional situation” in which France finds itself, “the rules which were to change on April 1 (within the framework of the unemployment insurance reform-Editor’s note) no longer change on April 1 and are postponed to April 1 September, “she said on BFMTV and RMC on Monday.
Muriel Penicaud said that a decree would be published within 48 hours on this subject.
Among the aspects of the reform that were supposed to come into effect on April 1 is a controversial new unemployment benefit rule.
Muriel Penicaud: “The President and the Prime Minister the situation hour by hour” pic.twitter.com/jOTUv5XKdT
– BFMTV (@BFMTV) March 16, 2020
8:40 a.m. – Recession expected in the EU in 2020
The economy of the European Union (EU) will be in recession this year, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said on Monday.
“We obviously anticipate a recession in 2020,” he said on BFM Business.
“Before the crisis we were around 1.4% (growth in gross domestic product -PIB-Editor’s note) across the continent and there we think we will have an impact (negative-Editor’s note) between 2% and 2.5%, “he added.
8:36 am – Interview between Macron, Merkel and European leaders on the borders
The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, will meet at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. GMT) by telephone with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the Presidency of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at subject of the coronavirus crisis, we learned Monday from a source close to the Elysee.
Their discussions will focus on the issue of borders, it was said.
8:22 am – Government denies preparing “containment decree”
French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye denied on Monday that a decree enjoining the French on confinement was being considered in an attempt to slow the progression of the coronavirus in France.
– France Inter (@franceinter) March 16, 2020
“This decree story was a ‘fake news’ I can tell you, the fact remains that we will examine all the measures that may be useful to ensure that behavior changes are made in depth,” he said. she declared on France inter.
Sources had mentioned this hypothesis on Sunday.
8:00 am – The Director General of Health calls on the French to better respect the instructions
The Director General of Health Jerôme Salomon launched on Monday a call for the general mobilization of the French to further respect the barrier measures in order to slow the progression of the epidemic of coronavirus on the territory.
“We all have a major role to play against the epidemic and we can all act as a barrier (…) by respecting the instructions (…) of barrier measures that the French know but that they are not yet applying sufficiently “, he declared on France inter on Monday. “This weak adhesion [aux consignes] fact that we cannot curb the kinetics of the epidemic “, he underlined by recalling that” we can all carry the virus without knowing it (…) we are all potentially transmitters.
“With the children, we can go out, but we should not come together to play collective games on a lawn.”
– France Inter (@franceinter) March 16, 2020
Consequence: the situation of the epidemic in France today is according to him “very worrying, it is deteriorating very quickly. It is a very rapid epidemic and we see that the number of cases now doubles every three days.” Failure to respect the measures of one meter distance, massive reduction in contact – to be limited to a few people per day, confinement and regular hand washing, the situation in hospitals could worsen, he said. warned.
“It is clear that today hospitals (…) are really having great difficulty taking care of patients who arrive every day, every hour,” he said. “This morning, I appeal for the general mobilization of all French people. It would be catastrophic to have to manage to sort people (…) in intensive care because there is no room,” added Jerôme Salomon .
5:10 am – Public places closed in New York and Los Angeles
The mayors of New York and Los Angeles, the two largest cities in the United States, announced Sunday that they were ordering the closure of restaurants, bars, theaters and cinemas in order to slow the spread of the contaminated coronavirus nearly 3,000 people and caused 65 deaths in the country.
Any restaurant, brasserie or cafe selling foodstuffs will only be able to do so in take-out or delivery, the authorities of the two cities said.
“This is not a decision I take lightly,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement.
“The virus can spread quickly with the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we congregate. We need to break this cycle,” he said. “Our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a war mentality.”
2:00 am – China reports 16 additional cases and 14 deaths
Sixteen new cases of coronavirus contamination were confirmed on Sunday in mainland China, health officials said, who also reported 14 more deaths linked to the epidemic that started in Hubei province last December.
The toll of the epidemic in mainland China now stands at 80,860 cases of infection and 3,213 deaths.
All of the deaths reported on Sunday occurred in Hubei province, home of the epidemic.
1h57 – The Fed lowers its rates to zero, a strong gesture to try to reassure
The U.S. Central Bank brutally cut rates to zero on Sunday, as President Donald Trump has been calling for months, to counter a decline in growth in the second quarter and reassure the markets in the face of the ravages of the new coronavirus epidemic.
At the same time, the Fed was participating in concerted action to ensure that the world did not run out of dollars on Monday.
The decision to lower rates by one percentage point, to bring them back into a range between 0 and 0.25%, was announced Sunday evening by the US Federal Reserve.
0h41 – First death linked to coronavirus in the Overseas Territories, in Martinique
A first death related to the coronavirus was recorded in Overseas: it is about a woman of 86 years, deceased in Martinique, one learned Sunday at the Regional agency of health (ARS). “An 86-year-old female patient hospitalized for suspected influenza, who turned out to be infected with the coronavirus, died in intensive care today,” announced ARS director general Martinique, Jerôme Viguier. It is the first death linked to Covid-19 in Martinique and more broadly in Overseas.
“This is a turning point for Martinique in the face of this coronavirus epidemic. The methods of contamination are being confirmed. The investigation of all of the contact persons is in progress. For the time being, 50 people who have been in contact have been identified, “he added.
Martinique currently has 14 people carrying the coronavirus, including one person hospitalized in intensive care. 845 people were placed in containment, notably from two Costa cruise ships which transported contaminated passengers.
(with AFP and Reuters)