The health situation is gradually improving in France. While the coronavirus epidemic has killed 22,856 people in France since the beginning of March, the toll of the past 24 hours is down sharply, with 242 new deaths, against 369 on the previous day Sunday. Tuesday, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe must present to the National Assembly the government’s plan for deconfinement, but the executive faces criticism from the opposition, while the situation worsens on the unemployment front. Follow the situation live.
The main information to remember
- 22,856 people died of coronavirus in France, where the daily toll continues to fall
- The government takes its last arbitrations before the presentation of the deconfinement plan, Tuesday
- The number of unemployed rose very sharply in March (+ 7.1%)
- The pandemic has killed at least 206,670 people worldwide, 1,330 people died in 24 hours in the United States
More than 22,800 dead in France
The epidemic has killed 22,856 people in France since the beginning of March, but the toll of the past 24 hours is down sharply, with 242 new deaths, against 369 on the previous day, announced Sunday the Directorate General of Health. The epidemic killed 14,202 people in hospitals, 152 more deaths in 24 hours, the lowest daily toll for five weeks, and 8,654 in retirement homes and other health and social services.
In intensive care, the number of patients has now dropped for 18 consecutive days with 4,682 people admitted for Covid-19, 43 fewer since Saturday. Currently, 28,217 people are hospitalized for a coronavirus infection, five fewer than on Saturday. The situation also seems to have stabilized in the nursing homes, where we are now preparing for several months of vigilance. The mortality rate in these establishments is around 1%.
Last arbitrations before the deconfinement plan
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe will present Tuesday to the National Assembly “the national strategy of the deconfinement plan” which is to begin gradually on May 11. Seventeen priority projects have been identified for deconfinement, among which the return to school, the return to work in companies, the operation of public transport, the supply of masks and gel, the testing policy or the support for the elderly. The final details of the deconfinement plan will be seen this Monday at the Élysée.
Despite protests from all sides, the vote on the deconfinement plan will take place in the wake of its presentation to the Assembly, we learned on Monday from parliamentary sources. The opposition is annoyed by the sequence in the same sequence of the presentation of the plan, the debate and the vote. On Europe 1, the president of the UDI Jean-Christophe Lagarde denounces the government’s “authoritarianism”. “It seems to be democracy, it’s only brutality,” protested rebellious Jean-Luc Mélenchon, announcing his intention to vote against. The Republicans deplore the impossibility of having a “time for reflection”.
Record increase in the number of unemployed
The number of unemployed (category A) recorded a historic increase over one month in March (+246,100, or + 7.1%) to settle at 3,732 million, according to figures released Monday by Pôle emploi. This is the largest monthly increase in unemployment recorded since 1996 and the start of the Pôle emploi statistical series.
100 majority MPs to reopen restaurants as of May 15
Majority deputies (LREM, Modem, Agir, UDI and related parties) signed a report from the Tourism group of the National Assembly given Monday morning to the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire and to the Secretary of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne . In this text, the 110 parliamentarians call for a progressive reopening by department in three stages of the restaurants. From May 15 for the departments where mortality from coronavirus is low, 15 days later for those where the mortality is moderate and finally from June 15 for the departments most affected.
With this proposal for a rapid reopening, demanded in particular by the right-wing opposition, the 110 deputies of the majority who signed this report want to go much faster than the government, which announced a decision in late May for restaurants and bars, in order to avoid reopening “in a rush”.
Seven out of ten French people support a government of national unity
In a poll released Monday, almost three out of four French people say they are in favor of a government of national unity to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. The voters of the Republicans would be the most favorable (84%), ahead of those of the Socialist Party (76%), the National Rally (75%) and La France insoumise (72%). With regard to the parties currently in the opposition that could be called, the respondents would vote 80% for EELV environmentalists, ahead of LR (77%), the PS (67%), the RN (55%) and finally LFI (53%).
Over 206,000 dead worldwide
The pandemic has killed at least 206,670 people worldwide since its onset in December in China, according to an assessment made Sunday by AFP. Over 2.9 million cases have been diagnosed in 193 countries and territories.
The United States is the most affected country, with 54,877 deaths, including 1,330 recorded in 24 hours. Italy (26,644 deaths), Spain (23,521), France (22,856) and the United Kingdom (20,732) follow. British figures do not take into account retirement homes where several thousand elderly people have died, according to industry representatives.
Cured, Boris Johnson Calls on British to Respect Containment
The curve of the coronavirus epidemic “is beginning to reverse” in the United Kingdom but the British must continue to respect containment measures to avoid an upsurge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday in his first speech since his recovery from the coronavirus.
“We are now starting to turn the tide,” said 55-year-old conservative leader 10 Downing Street who is under pressure to reveal his strategy for changing containment, which has been in place for over a month.
Kim Jong Un “in good health” according to Seoul
“The position of our government is firm”, South Korean adviser Moon Chung-in told US television station CNN on Sunday: “Kim Jong Un is alive and well.” The statement comes after a new weekend of rumors regarding the health of the North Korean leader, since his absence noted during national celebrations on April 15.