France, 9800 new Covid cases and 81 schools closed. We are moving towards new restrictions

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 France, 9800 new Covid cases and 81 schools closed. We are moving towards new restrictions




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Nearly 500 people entered the ICU in the past week


In France, the coronavirus epidemic does not slow down: Wednesday’s 9800 cases suggest a new government crackdown in the most affected areas. After Lille, Marseille and Bordeaux, it could be Lyon, where half of the intensive care beds are already occupied and the youngest patient is 36 years old.

Specific measures will be decided by the prefects. More will be known on Thursday when the health minister, Olivier Véran, will speak.

The government wants to do everything possible to avoid a new total closure of the country, but it cannot ignore a situation that is becoming increasingly delicate. With 31 thousand victims, France has almost reached the figures of Italy. In the last week, 2,700 patients have been hospitalized and 479 entered intensive care. A context further threatened by the reopening of schools and universities.

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Already 81 schools closed

Just two weeks into the school year, the education minister announced the closure of 81 schools for new coronavirus cases. Jean Michel Blanquier tried to give reassurance, saying that this is a minimal number compared to the 60 thousand institutions that remain open in the country. And the authorities argue that precisely this is a sign of the attention being paid to controlling the epidemic. As soon as there are cases, the school is closed.

But concerns remain about how the government is addressing the problem. According to a recent poll, 62% of French people think the government should do more.

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