France: the containment relaxed in the institutions for the elderly

France: le confinement assoupli dans les établissements pour personnes âgées

Paris | In France, the frail elderly confined in institutions for the elderly, where the epidemic of the coronavirus, wreaks havoc, found Monday, their right to visits, the first relaxation granted by the government of this country.

The French authorities need to juggle between the imperatives of socio-economic and health on the road to the déconfinement progressive promised for the 11th of may.

This right of access, which will also apply to facilities for the disabled, will be conducted at the request of the resident, and in conditions that are “extremely limited”, with eye-contact allowed, but not physical, announced Sunday evening by the French minister of Health Olivier Véran, whereas 45% of these institutions for the elderly (Ehpad), reported at least one case of a new coronavirus positive.

Out of a total of 19 718 people mowed by the epidemic in France, 7649 people died in long-term care facilities, according to the latest balance sheet.

In a long-term care-Mars-la-Tour (nord-is), 22 residents on 51 are likely died of the disease COVID-19 in two weeks, said Monday the director of the institution, Stephanie Rémiatte.

The virus has been “phenomenal: some residents were not even symptomatic and in two hours,” their state of health deteriorates greatly, she said. The establishment was, however, prohibited the visits of the families even before the setpoint government and imposed containment is strict to its residents from march 16.

Despite this worrying situation, many specialists and patients ‘ associations in France have insisted on the need to restore family links by emphasizing that the confinement of the elderly could lead to a state of distress fatal.

Summoned by the president of france Emmanuel Macron to present a plan to déconfinement before the end of April, his prime minister Edouard Philippe drew Sunday, the main principles, without going into details.

One thing is clear: there will be no return to normal before long months, but it is necessary to revive a country to stop since 17 march.

The number of patients hospitalized for an infection in the COVID-19 in France was on Sunday at 30 610 whose 5744 patients in a grave condition in resuscitation.

On the 395 dead announced Sunday night, 227 died in hospital, representing the lowest number of deaths at the hospital since four weeks.

These statistics reflect the continuation of a “very slow decrease of the epidemic, but the number of people hospitalized continues to be very high,” stressed the minister Olivier Véran.

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