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Coronavirus what you need to know this week: deconfinement, phase 1

2021-05-07T08:30:48.789Z

France began its deconfinement on May 3 while epidemiological indicators are declining. Hello, To discover Covid-19: find the detailed timetable for the progressive deconfinement Covid-19: instructions for use of self-tests France is starting its deconfinement this week : resumption of face-to-face lessons for middle and high school students and end of the 10 km barrier. If the next stage of May 19 is eagerly awaited, for restaurateurs , the real reopening will rather be on June 9



Hello,

To discover

  • Covid-19: find the detailed timetable for the progressive deconfinement

  • Covid-19: instructions for use of self-tests

France is starting its

deconfinement

this week

: resumption of face-to-face lessons for middle and high school students and end of the 10 km barrier.

If the next stage of May 19 is eagerly awaited, for

restaurateurs

, the real reopening will rather be on June 9.

The calendar is, for the moment, not threatened by the indicators: the epidemic has started to

decline

.

As for its origin, it could well be accidental.

The trail of the virus that escaped from

the Wuhan laboratory

is, in fact, once again explored.

Much to the chagrin of China.

Good reading,

Camille Lestienne, journalist at

Le Figaro

1. Let's go for deconfinement!

The high school students returned to the school benches on Monday, May 3.

BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERS

Deconfinement, phase 1.

As the President of the Republic announced last week, France entered the first phase of deconfinement last Monday. The middle and high school students have found the school benches. In half-gauge from the 4th year and under surveillance: as soon as a case appears in a class, it will be closed. In support of this, better screening should be deployed thanks to the 64 million self-tests ordered by the ministry for high school students and teachers. While sports lessons are once again allowed indoors, there are no plans to do class outdoors like in Denmark. There, outdoor education, invented in the 1950s, is on the rise. Or when the forest becomes a privileged place of learning. Finally, since May 3,journeys beyond 10 km are authorized during the day, arousing the desire to travel among the French for the bridges of May and beyond, in France and in Europe.

Read also: Covid-19 and travel: what possible destinations for the French? Our map, country by country

After that?

If the prospect of deconfinement relieves the French, relaxation is not yet on the agenda. Police plan to maintain curfew and rally controls.

"Firmness remains in order and nothing really changes until Ascension,"

told

Le Figaro

a senior clerk from a department in the East. May 19 is the next step, with the end of the curfew at 9 p.m., the opening of shops and terraces. For many restaurants, however, the “real reopening” will be June 9th. “

Not all have a terrace; the 9 p.m. curfew is not compatible with bar activity

», Warns a professional.

The events sector, on the other hand, is delighted with a possible resumption of weddings from May 19, under certain conditions, however, detailed by

Madame Figaro

.

As for large gatherings of more than 1,000 people, they may this summer be subject to the health pass to which the National Assembly gave the first green light on Tuesday evening.

But this summer, moreover, will we drop the mask?

This is what the Minister of Health hopes, but it would be playing with fire according to the scientists interviewed by

Le Figaro

.

Read also: What do you think of the measures accompanying the return to

"normal"

life

 ?

2. Where is the epidemic in France?

Covid-19: the incidence rate drops below 400 for all departments Fig data

The next stage of May 19 is correlated for certain territories with the passing of the incidence rate below the bar of 400 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

As of May 5, this is the case for all departments even if the incidence remains high in Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Essonne and Val-d'Oise.

The circulation of the epidemic is decreasing by "

20 to 25% every week

", assured the Minister of Health who considers that "

what matters is not the level of contamination but the epidemic dynamics

" in decline.

Read also: Covid-19: why the epidemic has finally started to decline

The numbers to remember:

  • 26,000

    new positive cases in 24 hours (stationary positivity rate at 7.4%)

  • 5,402

    patients in critical care (5,504 the day before)

  • 27,686

    hospitalized patients (28,427 the day before)

  • 246

    deaths (243 the day before)

Source: French Public Health press release dated May 3

3. China blocks, India cries, New York laughs

Did SARS-CoV-2 accidentally escape from the Wuhan laboratory?

Handout.

/ REUTERS

China.

Deemed far-fetched, defended by Donald Trump, the trail of the virus that accidentally escaped from a Chinese laboratory is making a comeback among international scientists.

The latter, like the WHO, are annoyed by the "

fortress

" erected by China and which slows down the investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2.

Tristan Vey, from the

Figaro

science service

, explains why this hypothesis is no longer ruled out while Isabelle Lasserre from the international service, traces the history of this famous P4 laboratory in Wuhan.

A jewel of French technology

” transmitted in 2004, not without creating tensions in France.

It has since completely escaped him.

Read also: Covid-19: the WHO investigation hampered by China

Elsewhere.

India is still at the heart of the storm.

The correspondent in New Delhi Emmanuel Derville keeps telling us about this country where "

the violence of the epidemic has exposed decades of inadequacy in health policies

".

In contrast, New York, 34% vaccinated, is returning to its consumer frenzy and experiencing economic euphoria.

Germany for its part is considering lifting the restrictions for people who have been vaccinated and immunized.

Read also: Covid-19: all over the world, cemeteries are starting to run out of space

4. The quote

The sanitary administrative logic has crushed the principles of humanity.

This period was marked by serious breaches of our duty of civilization.

Bruno Retailleau, president of the LR group in the Senate

Bruno Retailleau, president of the LR group in the Senate, tabled a bill on the creation of an enforceable right for visits to hospitals and nursing homes.

“It is about drawing all the lessons from the health crisis.

Elderly people have been locked in the solitude of nursing homes.

The dying were left alone, families deprived of farewell rites, he

denounces.

Read also: The defender of rights denounces serious violations of freedom in nursing homes

4. Update on vaccination

More than 16 million French people have received a first dose of vaccine.

ERIC GAILLARD / REUTERS

  • 16.4 million

    people (24.6% of French people) received a first dose.

  • 7.3 million

    people vaccinated (10.9% of French people)

Data as of May 4, source

CovidTracker

.

To date, vaccination is open to all people over 55 and to those over 18 with co-morbidities.

From mid-May, vaccination is extended to over 50s and on June 15 to all French adults.

Read also: Covid-19: who can get vaccinated, where, when and how?

The United States begins to vaccinate the youngest.

According to American media, as early as next week, young people between the ages of 12 and 15 could receive doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

They were overtaken by Canada, which has already approved the same vaccine for 12-year-olds.

The American laboratory is also expected to request emergency authorization for its anti-Covid vaccine for children aged two to 11 from September.

5. Calendar of deconfinement

France is still under

curfew

.

It is forbidden to leave your home

between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

, under penalty of a fine of 135 euros.

However, there are

exceptional reasons

for which a certificate must be presented.

Emmanuel Macron unveiled the deconfinement calendar on April 29.

Since

May 3

, the restriction on movement beyond 10 km has been lifted while middle and high school students have returned to their establishments.

Three other steps are expected:

  • May 19

     : curfew at 9 p.m., reopening of terraces, shops and cultural venues

  • June 9

    : curfew at 11 p.m., reopening of restaurants, cafes and gyms

  • June 30

     : end of curfew and restrictions, total lifting of gauges

Read also: Covid-19: find the detailed schedule of progressive deconfinement

6. Reflexes to keep

The virus is transmitted by droplets and aerosols.

The barrier gestures detailed by the Ministry of Health must be observed to protect themselves and others:

  • Wash your hands regularly or use hydroalcoholic gel

  • Cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow

  • Use disposable tissues

  • Wear a mask in public areas when the distance of two meters cannot be respected

  • Maintain a distance of at least two meters from others

  • Limit social contacts as much as possible (6 maximum)

  • Avoid touching your face

  • Air the rooms as often as possible, at least a few minutes every hour

  • Greet without shaking hands and stop hugging

7. What to do in case of symptoms?

The disease manifests itself with several symptoms, most often cough and fever.

The most important thing is to get tested.

According to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, you should, in case of symptoms, stay at home and contact your doctor who will prescribe a test.

While waiting for the result, you must isolate yourself, wear a mask and prepare a list of people you could have infected.

Read also: Test, isolation: the procedure to follow in case of suspicion of Covid-19

See you next week.

Source: lefigaro

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