France Bleu Orléans is mobilizing live this Monday to inform you about the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic in France and in the Loiret.
Buses and trams run in Orléans
Jean-Philippe Deloge, marketing director of TAO (Transports of the agglomeration of Orléans), explains that from this Monday, “buses and trams run, with reduced schedules because of the closure of schools which means that there are no more students to transport, and also because some TAO agents have to stay and babysit their children. “
After a meeting between management and employee representatives this Sunday, “a number of security measures have been agreed : the climb will be done by the rear door (s) only, and in the tram, the small single doors near the driver’s cabs will be closed. And we created a safety zone around the driving position, forbidden to users “. Remember thatthere are no more ticket sales on the bus or at the TAO agency in downtown Orleans. The sale is made in vending machines or on the internet.
We provide 66% of the usual supply “
Overall, explains Jean-Philippe Deloge, “66% of the supply is guaranteed: tram lines A and B run close to normal, 100% for line A and 90% for line B, just like the main bus lines. On the other hand, many other bus lines have been abolished or greatly reduced, in particular those which usually carry a lot of school children. “
And the TAO marketing manager recalls: “The message is to limit movement, it is really the best advice to prevent the spread of the virus. Travel only if it is essential.”
Laurent Habert, director general of the regional health agency, explains on France Bleu Orléans that 71 cases of coronavirus were found : “we have no deaths yet and very few people in intensive care, we remain a less affected region than others, but we know that the virus will progress “. Do these figures reflect reality? “There are necessarily more cases because we don’t test everyone.”
The situation is very worrying “
“The situation is very worrying, the epidemic is progressing, especially in Alsace which has been a hotbed from the start. In Ile-de-France, where the virus circulates, the number of cases is growing very quickly. And as we are close to Ile de France, we will be affected in Center Val-de-Loire like the other regions. “
Limit your social life for a few weeks
Wandering along the Loire like this Sunday in Orleans, was it a good idea? “You have to change these social behaviors, stay at home as much as possible, telecommute, for several weeks: this applies to the elderly, of course, but also to the entire population. You have to have a minimum of social life. Wandering en masse on the banks of the Loire, exchanging with other walkers, it is not a good idea. Because the coronavirus also affects younger people, people 50 years old, or even less, with sometimes a severe form of the disease. “