2:10 p.m. A prison guard died in Orleans. In work stoppage for suspicion of Covid-19, a 54-year-old guard assigned to the Orleans penitentiary center died the night of Wednesday to Thursday at his home, as Le Parisien reveals.
2:05 p.m. Less bandwidth for porn. According to our information, Pornhub and YouPorn reduce the quality of their video streams to 480p by default to free up bandwidth at the request of the French government. France represents the 2nd market of YouPorn and the 5th audience of Pornhub in the world.
1:55 p.m. China is reducing its international air links. China will impose from Sunday a drastic reduction in international flights to the departure or arrival of the country. A Chinese company will now be able to make only one weekly connection from China to a third country. The same goes for foreign companies, which will only be able to maintain one service per week to China.
1:45 p.m. Sharp rise in unemployment in the United States. The job market is plummeting in the United States. The United States Department of Labor has just announced, for the week ended March 21, that jobless claims reached the record level of 3.28 million people, up 3 million from the previous week. Finally, the number of unemployed workers receiving benefits for the week ended March 14 was 1.803 million, up 101,000 in just seven days.
1:35 p.m. Lhe Toulon rugby club is launching a kitty for hospitals. RC Toulon launched a kitty with its supporters to “support Toulon hospitals and their nursing staff. To reward the most generous donations (more than 10 euros), the Rouge et Noir club will organize a draw on April 10 where “game jerseys and other accessories will be offered.”
1:25 p.m. Guaranteed jobs and wages at Danone. The Danone group and Nestlé will guarantee to all 100,000 employees worldwide their jobs and their wages for the next three months. In France, the CEO of Danone undertook, in the event of resorting to partial unemployment measures for a disruption in supply in a factory or the inability of people to travel, to cover “the entire income up to the salary.” “
1:20 p.m. The Legion of Honor for caregivers who are victims of Covid-19? Emilie Bonnivard, MP (LR) for Savoy, announced that she had tabled a bill to allocate the Legion of Honor posthumously to all the dead personnel of the Covid-19 by caring for and caring for others.
1:10 p.m. The Bolshoi will broadcast his shows on YouTube. For the first time in its history, the famous Russian Bolshoi Theater announced that it would broadcast its shows on YouTube. From Friday until April 10, six shows will be offered to spectators on the official Bolshoi channel. On the program, the opera Boris Godounov or the ballet of Sleeping Beauty.
13 hours. The Council of State before the fclosing of early markets. The National Federation of the markets seized the Council of State of a summary procedure to contest the closing of the early markets, decided by the government. This request was supported by several professional organizations: the CPME, Saveurs stores (a federation of early vegetables unions), the Federation of cheese makers in France, the Organization of fishmongers in shells of France and the Confederation of traders in France. The Council of State will rule next week.
12:55 p.m. 3,500 partially unemployed employees at SFR. SFR decided to take partial unemployment measures due to the drop in activity. Bouygues also decided to take this measure for 1,650 employees. For the moment, Orange and Free have not made any such announcement.
12:50 p.m. No Pirelli calendar in 2021. This had not happened since 1983. The tire giant has announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition of its famous sexy advertising calendar. Instead Pirelli will donate 100,000 euros to fight the coronavirus.
12:45 p.m. The National Gathering requests a postponement of rents from its offices. The National Rally has asked its federations to negotiate “a postponement” of the payment of rents for its offices, given the party’s financial difficulties and the coronavirus crisis. Marine Le Pen’s party, which wanted to launch a national loan, also saw its membership drop.
12:40 p.m. Pope Francis tested negative. Pope Francis, who celebrated his morning Mass every day in his hotel residence, has been tested negative for the coronavirus, according to two Italian newspapers. According to the Vaticanists, he was the subject of a test on Wednesday after the discovery the same day of a case of contamination of a prelate who has lived in the same residence for years.
12:35 p.m. Hydroalcoholic gel in preparation for Melun. Thanks to the Ricard company, which delivered to it this Thursday a tank of 70,000 liters of alcohol, the Cooper laboratory is launching, in Melun (Seine-et-Marne), the production of 1.8 million liters of hydroalcoholic gel which will be packaged in individual 50 ml bottles for French pharmacies.
12:30 p.m. Wuhan must not lift its blockade too soon. According to a study by The Lancet Public Health, continuing containment of Wuhan until April would postpone a potential second wave of Covid-19, giving health services more time to recover and develop. “The city must now be very careful to avoid lifting physical distancing measures prematurely, as this could lead to an earlier secondary peak,” said Kiesha Prem, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), who co-led the research.
12:25 p.m. 258,068 cases in Europe. According to the AFP count based on official figures, more than half (74,386) are in Italy, 56,188 in Spain. With at least 14,640 deaths, Europe is the continent most affected by the pandemic, ahead of Asia (100,937 cases including 3,636 deaths).
12:22 p.m. The medicalized TGV is on its way to the west. Leaving Strasbourg around 11:10 am, the medical convoy, carrying 20 patients, follows its route.
VIDEO. Medicalized TGV: 20 patients evacuated from the Grand-Est
12:20 p.m. 500,000 tests per week in Germany. “The reason why Germany has so few deaths compared to the number of people infected can be explained by the fact that we do a lot of laboratory diagnostics […] We carry out half a million tests every week in Germany, ”explains Christian Drosten, virologist and director of the Charity Hospital in Berlin. On Wednesday, the Robert-Koch Institute in Berlin, which references, recorded 31,554 cases but only 149 deaths.
12:10 p.m. Von der Leyen calls for cohesion. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has denounced before Parliament the “initial reflex” of the member states to raise barriers within the EU. “A borderless crisis cannot be resolved by putting barriers between us.” Parliament has to validate three of the emergency measures proposed by the Commission: the temporary suspension of slot rules at airports, the mobilization of € 37 billion in funding and the extension of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover health emergencies.
12:05 p.m. An ice rink transformed into a morgue. In Madrid, an ice rink in a shopping center, the Palacio de Hielo, is used as a mortuary by the regional government. “This is a temporary and extraordinary measure aimed fundamentally at alleviating the pain of the families of the victims and the situation that is happening in the hospitals of Madrid,” a source told El Pais.
12 hours. Iran has 157 more deaths. A total of 2,234 people died. 29,406 cases of infection have been identified. “Fortunately, to date, 10,457 of those infected have recovered and been able to leave the hospital,” said the spokesman for the Ministry of Health.
11:50 a.m. The balance sheet is increasing in Spain. According to the government, the 4,000 dead mark has been exceeded, with 655 new deaths, while the kingdom has more than 56,000 sick patients.
11.40 a.m. WHO-Europe is seeing “encouraging signs” of improvement in the region. “Although the situation remains very worrying, we are starting to see encouraging signs,” said Hans Kluge at a press conference broadcast online from Copenhagen. Italy, he noted, “has just experienced a slightly lower rate of increase, although it is still too early to say that the pandemic has reached its peak in this country.”
11:30 a.m. South Korea intractable on containment. At least 11 people violated the self-quarantine rules between March 13 and 24. “Foreign nationals will be forcibly repatriated and Korean citizens will be reported to the police for appropriate sanctions, they will lose the financial support given to those who faithfully put in place a 14-day quarantine,” said Yoon Tae-ho, Director General of Public Health Policy at the Ministry of Health.
11:25 a.m. Shanghai is tightening its fortnight. The city of Shanghai, in eastern China, requires from Thursday 14 days of observation to any incoming traveler. Local authorities have so far confined only those arriving from 24 seriously affected countries.
11:20 a.m. Recession announced in Norway. Norway’s $ 930 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, has lost 1.33 billion Norwegian kroner ($ 124 billion) since the start of the year due to the coronavirus.
11.15 a.m. Departure of the medicalized TGV. The first medicalized TGV evacuating coronavirus patients leaves Strasbourg. This medical convoy transports twenty patients, who will be transferred to four hospitals in Pays de la Loire.
11:05 a.m. In London, a “continuous tsunami”. London public hospitals are undergoing an “explosion” in the number of “severely” affected by the coronavirus, it is a “sort of continuous tsunami,” said Chris Hopson, head of the British public health system, on BBC Radio. 4. He also announced that, in certain services, 30, 40 or even 50% of the staff were suffering.
10:55 a.m. Austria will suffer. The Austrian government estimates that the recession due to the epidemic will amount to 2.5% by 2020.
10:50 a.m. Operation stups in Marseille. Wednesday, 4 p.m. (but we don’t know that now), around thirty police officers from the BAC and the BST (specialized field brigade) surrounded the city of Olives, a long building bar in the 13th arrondissement of Marseille . Their mission: to verify the strict application of containment with sellers and buyers of narcotic drugs. No goods were seized, but around fifty minutes, for € 135, were drawn up. Some buyers had their certificate stating that they came for basic necessities.
10:40 a.m. Total curfew extended by two weeks in Iraq. Iraqi authorities extend total curfew for two weeks after new coronavirus killed 29 people and infected nearly 350 others in a country with poor health care. Schools and universities as well as all of the country’s airports also remain closed in Iraq, on the border with Iran, where the virus has already killed more than 2,000 people.
10:32 a.m. The red takes over on the markets. The horizon is darkening for the markets, again in decline, frightened by the relentless spread of the coronavirus all over the world and in particular in the United States, the world’s largest economy. Red has made a comeback in Asia, where Tokyo in particular, after two sessions of spectacular gains, brutally stalled, faced with growing fears of an outbreak of the disease in the Japanese capital. The little thinning of the past two days in Europe has also been swept away.
10:17 a.m. 40,000 new cases estimated by general practitioners last week.
10:11 a.m. Anguish in Rohingya camps. Hosting nearly a million refugees, the camps of this Muslim minority who fled en masse from Burmese persecution, located in southern Bangladesh, raise fears of a nightmare scenario as the coronavirus pandemic approaches. “We are extremely worried. If the virus gets here, it will spread like a forest fire, ”Rohingya community leader Mohammad Jubayer, who lives in the middle of hills covered with bamboo huts and tarpaulins huddled together, told AFP.
10:07 a.m. Nine doctors died in the Philippines. Nine doctors have died in the Philippines as a result of the coronavirus, the head of the National Council of Physicians said on Thursday when hospitals are overwhelmed and medical staff lack protective equipment. This news raised fears of a health crisis more serious than the assessment communicated by the authorities, of 38 people who died from Covid-19.
9:59 a.m. Over 24 million viewers for Macron’s announcements in Mulhouse. A total of 24.1 million viewers watched the president’s statements from Mulhouse on Wednesday evening, according to data from Médiamétrie. This speech by the president, which was broadcast live on the generalist channels TF 1, France 2, M 6 and C8, and on the news channels BFMTV, LCI, CNews and Franceinfo, recorded an overall audience share of 77 , 9%, all categories of viewers combined, according to the company specializing in audience measurement.
9:54 a.m. New restrictions in Moscow. From March 28 to April 5, “restaurants, bars, cafes and canteens” as well as “retail businesses” except food stores and pharmacies will be closed, the mayor of the Russian capital Sergei announced on his blog Sobianin. “While understanding the feelings of Moscow believers, I recommend that they refrain from visiting places of worship during this period,” he added.
9:43 a.m. The government wants “a little step back” before deciding on the length of confinement. The government wants to assess the effects of confinement in the areas most affected by the coronavirus before making a decision on its duration, promised “in the next few days” by Sibeth Ndiaye. “We would like to have complete information, in particular with a little perspective on the results of confinement in the Oise, which was one of the first departments affected, with also feedback on what is happening in the Grand Is, “said the spokeswoman for LCI.
9:26 a.m. The Paris Stock Exchange starts down 2.25%. Investors are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States, despite the adoption of a historic recovery plan by the United States Senate on Wednesday. At 9 am, the CAC 40 index fell by to 4,332.79 points. The day before, it had finished up sharply by 4.47%.
9:21 a.m. The postponement of J0-2020 should be expensive, according to the organizers. The postponement of the JO-2020 to 2021, at the latest in summer, represents a major logistical challenge for the organizers, while the new dates have not yet been set. “Do we have to make sure that the problems we face can be resolved one by one,” said Tokyo-2020 organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto on Thursday, promising decisions “as quickly as possible ”.
9:15 a.m. A police union threatens to stop checks on compliance with the rules of containment. The Interior Ministry’s decision to give caregivers their stock of FFP2 masks angered unions. The Unsa Police has already warned in a press release that it will call on its troops to stop checking the certificates “if the means of protection are lacking”.
9:07 a.m. A bonus of € 1,000 for Danone employees in the field. The CEO of the agro-food group Emmanuel Faber, announces on RTL that “employees who are not telecommuting” will receive “a bonus of € 1,000”. The big boss also promises that “all employment contracts and wages” would be “guaranteed for the next three months”. “There will be no breach of the employment contract,” he said.
8:53 a.m. Ten coronavirus positive inmates. This is what just announced the Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, on France Inter. Some 450 detainees also show symptoms of the disease, but they have not been tested, said the Keeper of the Seals.
8:41 a.m. A Tour de France behind closed doors? This option, the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, did not exclude it Wednesday in an interview with France Bleu. It would be a question of maintaining the race, but without spectator at the edge of the roads. “It would not be so penalizing since we could [la] follow on television, “said the minister.
8:24 a.m. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs… Any addicts after confinement? “Another aperitif! I’m going to end up alcoholic … “” At work I can’t go down to smoke at the slightest annoyance, in telework I don’t tell you! “Testimonies of the genre are multiplying on social networks, funny or anxious. So, all “addicts” at the end of confinement? Not necessarily, but be careful, say specialists.
8:10 a.m. First death of a constable following the Covid-19. A first gendarme died of the Covid-19 epidemic on Wednesday in his barracks in Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne), announces the national gendarmerie. This gendarmerie non-commissioned officer, who was on sick leave for suspected Covid-19, was 51 years old. He was married and the father of three children.
8:06 a.m. The medicalized TGV is about to leave. Preparations for the evacuation to hospitals in Pays de la Loire of 20 patients from Alsace contaminated by the coronavirus on board a medicalized TGV – an unprecedented operation in Europe – are starting at Strasbourg station. Shortly after 6 am, the first ambulances arrived on platform 1 of the station where the TGV Duplex medicalized stationed since Wednesday evening.
8:02 a.m. Moscow suspends all international flights. Russia will suspend all its international flights from Friday midnight (Thursday 10 p.m. in France), according to a government decree. This decree applies to all flights entering and leaving Russian territory, with the exception of special planes chartered to repatriate Russian citizens stranded abroad.
7.45 a.m. 35% loss of economic activity in France. According to INSEE, containment measures to combat the coronavirus result in a loss of economic activity of around 35% compared to a “normal week” with a “fairly heterogeneous” effect depending on the sector. The INSEE also estimates that confinement lasting one month would result in 3 points of gross domestic product (GDP) less over a year.
7.40 a.m. The evacuation of patients in the TGV in progress. The medicalized TGV arrived Wednesday evening in Strasbourg station is ready to evacuate twenty Alsatian patients suffering from Covid-19 towards four university hospitals in the west of France. According to DNA, the embarkation of the patients started around 6 am.
7:30 a.m. Spain extends containment. The Spanish Parliament adopted a text overnight bringing 30 days, against 15 days previously, the state of emergency declared in Spain to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The closure of schools, restaurants and most of the shops is thus extended until April 14. The death toll in the country now exceeds, in number of deaths, that of China.
7:25 a.m. The Tokyo Stock Exchange plunges again. After two spectacular gains, the Tokyo Stock Exchange has abruptly stalled, as fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the Japanese capital grow, whose residents were asked to avoid travel this weekend . The star index Nikkei finished down 4.51%.
7.15 a.m. A G20 summit by videoconference. G20 leaders hold virtual summit to coordinate response to the threat of recession from the new coronavirus to the global economy. U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will join the videoconference chaired by King Salman of Saudi Arabia.
7 hours. All international flights suspended in Russia. The Russian government has announced plans to suspend all scheduled and specially chartered flights to and from Russia from Friday. Russian airlines will still be able to fly abroad to repatriate locals.
6:45 a.m. Chile quarantines Santiago. Chile, where the threshold of a thousand cases of contamination with the new coronavirus has been crossed has announced the placing in quarantine of a large part of its capital. This confinement will take effect this evening and will be applied for a period of seven days.
6:35 a.m. Tests multiplied by five in Belgium. The country wants to increase its screening capacity for Covid-19 disease to 10,000 tests per day, up from around 2,000 currently.
6:30 am. No new cases in China. China has not registered any new cases of local coronavirus contamination, but health authorities have reported an additional 67 imported cases. Six deaths were also recorded, including five in the city of Wuhan, the cradle of the epidemic in China. Sign of this improvement: some airports and stations in the province have reopened. But the schools remain closed for the time being.
6:20 a.m. No work on Sunday for employees of the large distribution. According to our information, the FGTA-FO calls on employees of large retailers to stay at home on Sunday, March 29. “Some large retailers are still hesitant to close on Sunday because they want to recover even more turnover,” said the union, adding: “in a context of increased workload and lack of staff, make workers work employees on Sunday makes no sense and increases the danger of contamination. “
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6.15 a.m. “Historical Plan” for the United States. The US Senate has unanimously approved a “historic” plan of $ 2,000 billion to support the world’s largest economy, asphyxiated by the coronavirus pandemic which has already killed more than 1,000 people in the United States. This text includes about 500 billion in loans and aid for key companies and sectors, including nearly 30 billion in aid to the air sector (passengers and freight), but also the sending of direct aid to the Americans, up to $ 1,200 per adult and $ 500 per child, for households earning less than $ 150,000 per year. $ 100 billion is also mobilized for hospitals.
6:10 a.m. A medicalized TGV for evacuations. Arrived in Strasbourg, must evacuate today to hospitals in the Pays de la Loire twenty patients infected with the coronavirus in order to relieve the completely saturated Alsatian hospitals.
6 hours. Launch of Operation Resilience. Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday in Mulhouse the launch of Operation Resilience which will mobilize the armed forces to help the population in the face of the pandemic. Distinct from the Sentinel system, which mobilizes up to 7,000 soldiers daily against terrorist risk, this new operation “will be entirely devoted to helping and supporting populations, as well as supporting public services to cope with the epidemic, in mainland France and overseas, “he said.
VIDEO. Coronavirus: Macron launches military operation “Resilience”