PARIS | France past Monday, the bar 23 000 people died of the coronavirus, according to the official toll published by the authorities, on the eve of the presentation by the prime minister Édouard Philippe’s plan déconfinement progressive which should enter into force on the 11 may.
With 437 deaths over the past 24 hours, the balance sheet, daily was a rebound, after several days of continuous decline.
In detail, the epidemic has killed 14 497 (+295) people in hospitals and 8796 (+142) in retirement homes and other medico-social establishments, or 23 293 deaths in total since the beginning of march.
The number of patients in the icu continues to decrease, with 74 patients from least to 4608.
Tuesday afternoon, Edward Philip shall submit to mps the plan of déconfinement to the country which turns idle since the 17 march, to halt the epidemic.
It is a real balancing act, to which the French government must engage: stimulate the economy without reviving the epidemic.
The crisis has translated very concretely in the figures of unemployment in march in France, with a record increase of 7.1 % on the month (+246 100 people).
Two weeks before the beginning of the déconfinement, the questions are many : where to make the masks mandatory? What tests and for whom? Re-opening of shops everywhere, or by French regions? What about the businesses? And the summer holidays?
The scientific Council the responsibility to enlighten the French government has delivered Saturday night on its recommendations for an “exercise, gradual and controlled containment”.
Significant Divergence with the choice of government, it advocates that nursery schools and schools will remain closed until September, but has taken “note of the political decision” to reopen gradually as early as may, “taking into account the health issues, but also societal and economic”.
For the academic year, the council recommended the mandatory wearing of a mask antiprojections in colleges and high schools, for staff and students.
The scientific Council recommends also to allow travel between regions by public transport if the precautionary measures are adhered to.
It does not recommend, however, “strongly” the international movement for a few months.