DIRECT. The British government plans to introduce a compulsory fortnight for most international arrivals to the UK, according to British press on Saturday.
The coronavirus epidemic has killed 26,230 people in France since March 1, including 16,497 in hospitals and 9,733 in nursing homes and other medico-social establishments, the Ministry of Health announced in a statement on Friday. The daily toll stands at 243 dead, compared with 178 deaths on Thursday.
The total number of serious cases in intensive care is now 2,868, 93 less than the day before. The total number of cases amounts to 138,421, indicates Public Health France, on its website. He was 137,779 on Thursday. Regarding deaths, 16,497 (+111) were recorded in hospitals and 9,733 (+132) in nursing homes and other medico-social establishments.
Four regions – Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Ile-de-France, Grand-Est and Hauts-de-France – account for 72% of hospitalized cases, specifies the DGS. The last three are part – along with Bourgogne Franche-Comté – of the four regions classified as “red” where the deconfinement which must gradually begin on Monday will be more limited. The map of these regions was fixed on Thursday and should not change before May 11.
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9:13 a.m. Final agreement to the Eurogroup on the first part of the aid plan
Eurozone member states gave their final approval on Friday to the first part of the 540 billion euro plan drawn up to help those most affected to cope with the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 19 finance ministers approved the terms of access to cheap long-term credit lines which will be made available through the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
“Due to the exceptional nature of the crisis, we have agreed on favorable and adequate financial conditions,” said Mario Centeno, president of the Eurogroup, after the meeting which took place by videoconference.
“The member states of the Eurogroup agreed on Friday on a line of cash of 240 billion euros for states which wish to cope with the consequences of the coronavirus crisis,” writes the French minister of Economy and Finance on Twitter. “The European Stability Mechanism line of credit will therefore be operational on June 1,” added Bruno Le Maire.
It is unclear, however, whether Italy, the country where the need is most urgent, will be able to access it because of the high cost of servicing its debt. Despite repeated guarantees that loans will be granted without conditions, many members of the 5-star movement, a member of the ruling coalition, remain opposed to the use of MES loans, fearing that it will be accompanied by austerity measures .
9:06 a.m. Brazil close to 150,000 cases and 10,000 deaths from Covid-19
The coronavirus pandemic has killed 751 more people in 24 hours in Brazil, a daily record, the Ministry of Health of the most affected country in Latin America announced on Friday, which now totals nearly 150,000 cases of contamination and 10,000 deaths. .
9 a.m. The United Kingdom envisages about fifteen for entries into its territory
The British government plans to introduce a mandatory fourteen for most international arrivals to the UK, according to press reports on Saturday, despite mounting pressure to loosen restrictions imposed by the fight against the coronavirus. With the exception of those entering the country from neighboring Ireland, everyone arriving by air, sea and rail will have to isolate themselves for two weeks, reports the Times. Spot checks of the address given by travelers will be carried out, with possible sanctions, from the fine of 1,000 pounds (1,100 euros) to expulsion, adds the media, which specifies that Prime Minister Boris Johnson must announce this measure Sunday.
8:30 am. Bookstores reopen Monday amid uncertainty
Most of the 3,300 independent bookstores in France will reopen on Monday after two months of closure, but this gradual recovery is raising a lot of uncertainty in a profession badly affected by the coronavirus epidemic.
Over 75,000 Covid-19 deaths in the United States
The number of cases of new coronavirus rises to 1,248,040 in the United States and the epidemic has already made 75,477 deaths there, announced Thursday the American agency of health (CDC).
The CDC’s statistics were stopped the day before (the reports provided on Thursday are based on data obtained Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., Washington time) and may therefore differ from the reports communicated State by State.