LIVE. Coronavirus: a funny week opens for the French


The essential :

  • Symbolic event in the night from Monday to Sunday: the coronavirus now affects more people in the world than in China. According to the latest figures from the Johns-Hopkins Institute, cited by the Guardian, more than 86,000 cases have been recorded worldwide compared to 80,860 in China. In the country, 3,208 people died, 3,241 worldwide.

  • With a record abstention estimated between 53.5% and 56%, the French deserted the polling stations on Sunday during the 1er round of municipal elections, organized in a country shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted several political leaders to demand the postponement of the second round. According to the latest official figures released Sunday evening by the national public health agency, Santé publique France, the balance sheet of the epidemic climbed Sunday to 127 dead and 5,423 confirmed cases, or 36 dead and more than 900 additional cases in 24 hours. More than 400 people are hospitalized in serious condition.

  • In Europe, containment measures are increasing. The Austrian government tightened restrictions on public life on Sunday by banning gatherings of more than five people, restricting movement to the bare minimum and planning to have police check on the bans to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Ditto for the Czech government, which announced Sunday that the free movement of all citizens would be limited for eight days in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus. In the United States, the mayor of New York decided to close his city’s bars and restaurants except for take-out, after announcing the closure of schools. A few hours later, the city of Los Angeles also ordered all bars, restaurants and nightclubs to close from midnight on Sunday, except for takeout, to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor announced. Eric Garcetti.

  • Faced with fears generated by the epidemic, the main global central banks (Fed, ECB, central banks of Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and Switzerland) also launched on Sunday a concerted action to increase the supply of financial markets in liquidity. Extremely rare, the American Central Bank brutally lowered its rates to zero on Sunday, as Donald Trump had been asking for months, in order to reassure the markets facing the consequences for the American economy of the epidemic of new coronavirus, without even waiting for its monetary meeting scheduled for midweek.

– “The progression of the epidemic is worrying”, estimates Jérôme Salomon

The drastic measures taken by the government to try to stem the coronavirus epidemic do not seem to be bearing fruit for the moment. “The progression of the epidemic is worrying, the situation is deteriorating very quickly, cases double every 3 days”, said this morning the Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon at the microphone of France Inter. According to him, “many people do not understand that you have to stay at home [aux consignes] that we cannot stop the evolution of the epidemic. ”

– Tom Hanks mocked for his consumption of Australian spread during his quarantine

The American actor Tom Hanks, currently in quarantine, was kindly chambered on Monday by his Australian hosts on social networks for his consumption of Vegemite, this surprising dark brown and salty spread made from yeast extract and emblematic of the island continent. Hollywood star and wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson have been in solitary confinement for the past week at Gold Coast on the east coast after testing positive for the new coronavirus. Sunday, the actor posted a photo showing two toasts – one of which started – which are very generously brushed with this paste with a strong smell and taste that can disconcert palates who have not been used to it since childhood .

– Australia: The Stock Exchange undergoes a historic fall of 9.7% at the close

The Australian Stock Exchange recorded a record fall of 9.7% on Monday, while global markets are shaken by fears about the economic impact of the new coronavirus. The S & P / ASX 100 index, barometer of the Australian markets, closed on a plunge of 537.30 points to 5,002.00 points. The industrial and energy sectors are the most affected, they both recorded losses of more than 15%.

– A crucial week begins for France

A week of an unprecedented kind opens on Monday for the French, deprived of most public places and invited to telecommute while looking after their children while awaiting possible even more radical measures, such as general confinement, to try to stop the epidemic. Faced with his fellow citizens deemed “unruly” as to the measures of “social distancing”, President Emmanuel Macron must decide the heavy question of a possible compulsory confinement of the entire population. And this for a long time, as already decided by Italy or Spain.

– The LVMH group will deliver 12 tonnes of hydroalcoholic gel to the Hospitals of Paris

According to information from L’Express , the French luxury group is preparing to make a massive donation of 12 tonnes of hydroalcoholic gel to the Hospitals of Paris. If the time is not shortage, the donation is more than welcome for Martin Hirsch, director general of the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP).

– Los Angeles in turn closes bars, restaurants and night clubs

The city of Los Angeles has ordered all bars, restaurants and nightclubs to close from midnight on Sunday, except for takeout, to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. This ban will remain in effect until March 31, said Eric Garcetti on his Facebook page. A similar measure was adopted also Sunday in New York.

– Despite a new cluster, the situation is improving in South Korea

For the third consecutive day, South Korea announces a higher number of healings than that of new cases. This despite the appearance of a new cluster, 40 faithful from the same temple having tested positive.

– Towards several months of suspension for the NBA?

The NBA could see its season stopped longer than hoped, according to the new recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for which events gathering 50 or more people in the United States should be canceled or postponed by eight weeks . NBA boss Adam Silver said Thursday, the day after his decision to suspend the season, that the hiatus would last “at least thirty days”, without ruling out the possibility that it will last longer and that a cancellation will eventually to prevail.

– A French newborn baby contaminated in Cambodia

Cambodia has confirmed four new cases of coronavirus contamination, including a four-month-old French infant, a Cambodian national returning from France and two people from Malaysia, the health ministry said on Sunday. The infant diagnosed positive is the son of a French national who arrived in Phnom Penh from Paris after a stopover in Singapore, the ministry said. The man had tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday; his wife is not infected.

– TUI, world number one in tourism, suspends most of its activities

The German group TUI, the world number one in tourism, announced on Monday the suspension of “most of its activities” as a tour operator in the face of the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, and asked for state aid. This measure mainly concerns its package travel, hotel and cruise activities, the group, which employs 70,000 people worldwide, said in a press release.

– Coronavirus: first contraction in industrial production in China in almost 30 years

China unveiled sluggish indicators for January and February on Monday amid the Covid-19 pandemic: industrial production contracted for the first time in almost 30 years while retail sales plummeted . Industrial production fell 13.5% year-on-year, compared to + 6.9% in December. Retail sales, reflecting consumption, fell by 20.5% compared to the first two months of 2019, announced the National Bureau of Statistics (BNS).

– Trump tries to appropriate a vaccine and draws wrath from Germany

The government of Angela Merkel accused the United States of Donald Trump on Sunday evening of having attempted to appropriate a project of vaccine against the coronavirus developed by a German laboratory, and warned that it would do everything that it is developed in Europe. Germany “is not for sale”, protested the Minister for the Economy Peter Altmaier on the public television channel ARD.

– Systematic temperature measurements at the White House

Ministers, advisers, journalists: anyone entering the White House must now submit to the thermometer to detect possible symptoms of the coronavirus. “Starting Monday morning, temperature tests will be performed on anyone entering the White House complex,” Judd Deere, spokesman for the US executive, said on Sunday evening. “Additional temperature tests will be conducted throughout the day on those in contact with the president and the vice-president,” he added.

– The Hong Kong and Shanghai stock markets fell at the opening

The Chinese stock markets opened Monday in dispersed order against a background of uncertainty linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the measures to support the economy of the Chinese central bank. In the first exchanges in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell very heavily by 2.26% to 23,404.44 points. In mainland China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange composite index lost 0.12% to 2,883.04 points, while the Shenzhen Stock Exchange gained 0.20% to 1,802.49 points.


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