While France votes this Sunday, the results of the Coronavirus are getting even heavier in the country. According to the latest assessment, 4,500 cases are confirmed in France, including 91 deaths. This Saturday evening, Edouard Philippe announced the closure at midnight of “places receiving the public not essential to the life of the country”. Several elected officials call to postpone the poll which started this Sunday.
All places receiving public “not essential to the life of the country” are closed since last night
It is now done: restaurants, bars and shops are closed to the public. This concerns cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, all non-essential businesses. Pharmacies, food shops, petrol stations, banks, tobacco shops will remain open, as will public services. The Prime Minister also calls for limiting transport. “What we are observing is, on the one hand, an acceleration of the spread of the virus, and in certain territories, a very significant increase in people in intensive care. (…) We are observing, on the other hand, that the first measurements Limits on assemblies are imperfectly applied, “Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Saturday evening.
In particular, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, discos and shops will be closed. However, food stores and markets, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, tobacco and press offices will remain open. #COVID ー 19 https://t.co/6tVktHy7JK
– Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) March 14, 2020
“The best way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to distance ourselves from space. I know it’s a term that puts us off. After the president’s announcements on Thursday evening, Friday and what [samedi] morning I went out and we saw too many people in cafes and restaurants. I would normally be happy, but for a few weeks, that is not what we have to do. ”
Long distance transportation which includes trains, coaches and airplanes will be “gradually reduced”, according to Élisabeth Borne, the Minister for the Ecological Transition.
During a press briefing, Secretary of State Jean-Baptiste Djebbari announced a gradual reduction in rail traffic from tomorrow. 7 out of 10 trains will thus run on the territory on Monday (TGV, TER, transiliens combined). This traffic will be gradually reduced to 1 train out of 2 and 2 TER out of 3 as of Tuesday.
Regarding air transport, “a few flights” for the United States, for Africa, and territorial continuity with the overseas territories will be ensured. A solution will be found to repatriate the French stranded abroad, especially in Marrakech. However, the terminals, particularly at Paris airport, will gradually close.
The rush for stores continues
After the announcements of Edouard Philippe, the consumer rush to the supermarket intensified this Sunday morning, generally to build up stocks of pasta, rice, oil, water, toilet paper … This morning, as soon as the Intermarché d’Agen sud opened, hundreds of customers (some wearing masks) rushed to the shelves, filling their carts with pasta, rice, oil, water, toilet paper, etc. The stocks of wipes and disinfectants melted like snow in the sun. “It’s unheard of,” says a client from Agen on the phone.
As a reminder, food businesses are not affected by the compulsory closure measure, and risks of shortages seem limited according to the communication of large distribution groups in recent days.
In Toulouse, soon more checks on the buses?
The FNCR union (national federation of truck drivers) has asked Tisseo’s management to abolish checks, ticket sales and change on buses in order to maintain public service without the risk of peddling Covid-19. An extraordinary health, safety and working conditions committee (CHSCT) will be held on this subject Monday 14:30. The FNCR union’s proposals will be studied on this occasion.
“We are for the continuity of public service, we will be the only ones to operate on Monday and we must be able to transport the nursing staff,” said Frank Delpérier, head of the FNCR union.
4,500 cases in France including 91 deaths
The Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon, announced this Saturday evening that 830 new cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus had been detected in France, for a total of 4,500 since the beginning of the epidemic which made for the hour 91 dead in the country. In this context, France passed Saturday to “stage 3” of the epidemic, meaning that the virus now circulates throughout the territory.
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Results in Occitania: 210 confirmed cases
The Regional Health Agency identifies this Saturday a total of 210 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Occitania, distributed in 12 departments.
There are now 76 cases in Hérault, 37 cases in Haute-Garonne, 28 cases in Aude, 22 cases in Gard, 13 cases in Aveyron, 7 cases in Tarn-et-Garonne, 6 cases in the Pyrenees- Orientales, 6 cases in Tarn-et-Garonne, 6 cases in Gers, 5 cases in Hautes-Pyrénées, 3 cases in Lot and 1 case in Lozère. Three people are cured and 17 are placed in intensive care.
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Elections upheld: a contested decision
Many political figures have called for postponing the municipal elections. “In light of the Prime Minister’s latest statements and the growing concern of the population, I think it is wiser to postpone the municipal elections,” said Occitania Regional President Carole Delga yesterday.
In light of the Prime Minister’s latest statements @EPhilippePM and the growing concern of the population, I think it is wiser to postpone the municipal elections.
– Carole Delga (@CaroleDelga) March 14, 2020
“It was legitimate to maintain the democratic spirit of our Nation! But tonight, faced with the facts, it becomes reasonable, consistent and even necessary to postpone the municipal election. It will have to stand once the epidemic is overcome collectively, “said Renaud Muselier, president of the PACA region. Ditto for Gilles Simeoni: “As President of the Executive Council of Corsica, I request the cancellation of the municipal ballot. Because it is my duty to protect the Corsicans. And so that universal suffrage can, once the epidemic is overcome, be expressed in normal conditions. ”
“If the health situation worsened to such an extent between Thursday and today to the point of closing almost all of the businesses, these municipal elections do not make sense. They must be postponed because they will prove to be distorted, “says Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy Region. Same tone for the president of Hauts de France Xavier Bertrand: “It is incomprehensible to maintain the municipal elections. ”
The bac will take place according to Jean-Michel Blanquer
Invited on France Info this Sunday, March 15, the Minister of National Education reminded the students that “you shouldn’t consider yourself on vacation”. Before adding “in one way or another, there will be a baccalaureate session, on one date or another“.
He therefore invited the students to work from home.
Ski resorts close this Sunday
All French ski areas will have closed for the season this Sunday at 5 p.m. after going to stage 3 to fight the coronavirus pandemic, professionals in the sector announced.
“The ski season ends today. Each operator took his instructions from his organizing authority at night,” said Sunday morning in a tweet Domaines Skiables de France (DSF), the national union of ski lift operators .
“Vacationers and professionals, all passionate, we must make up our minds given the gravity of the situation,” he added.
As of Saturday evening, several ski resorts, such as Val Thorens or La Plagne, in Savoie, announced their immediate closure on social networks. Other ski areas, on the other hand, closed on Sunday morning or, like in Alpe d’Huez (Isère), will only close on Sunday evening, the time to organize the departure of holidaymakers.
The hashtag “stay home” hits the cards on Twitter
In a video posted Friday on Twitter, the “inter-hospital collective” invites the French to challenge themselves to stay at home to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
A success since the hashtag was among the most shared trends on the social network on Saturday, and a new trend “#RESTEZCHEZVOUS” took over this Sunday.
While the United States declared a state of emergency this Saturday, Donald Trump is not a carrier of the coronavirus, said the White House doctor on Saturday, revealing the result of the test undergone by the American president after having was in contact with several members of a Brazilian delegation tested since positive.
“I received confirmation this evening that the test is negative,” said Dr. Sean Conley. “A week after having dinner in Mar-a-Lago (in Florida, editor’s note) with the Brazilian delegation, the president has no symptoms,” he added.
The 73-year-old president, who refused for several days to be tested, announced on Saturday that he had finally submitted and await the results.
“I did the test last night,” he said at a White House press conference after explaining again on Friday that he did not need it since he had no symptoms even though the you can carry the virus without showing symptoms
Netanyahu’s trial postponed
The trial for corruption of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which was due to open on Tuesday, has been postponed for two months, the Jerusalem court said, citing fears of the spread of the new coronavirus.
“In view of the spread of the coronavirus and according to the instructions limiting the work of the courts to urgent cases only, we decided to postpone the first hearing to May 24, 2020,” the court said on Sunday March 15 in a statement. The Ministry of Justice decided on Saturday to limit the activities of the courts to urgent cases.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the first head of government in the history of Israel to be indicted during his term, is charged with corruption, embezzlement and breach of trust in three cases. He claims to be innocent and claims to be the victim of a “witch hunt” on the part of the prosecution services and the media.
Beijing Quarantines Foreign Newcomers
Authorities in Beijing announced on Sunday that people arriving from abroad in the Chinese capital will be placed in quarantine centers as of Monday, official media reported, to protect the country from imported cases of the new coronavirus.
Until now, travelers from abroad had to be placed in auto-quarantine for two weeks but now only people reporting “special circumstances” will not be sent to these structures, where they will have to pay the price of their stay, the Beijing Daily, an official daily, reported on Sunday.
China on Sunday reported 20 new cases of coronavirus contamination, 16 of which came from abroad.
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