»The latest developments in the coronavirus crisis
2:22 p.m. After a drop in attendance, RATP is reducing its offer on Tuesday.
2:20 p.m. Fifteen deputies infected. The deputies LR Guy Teissier and LREM Sylvie Charrière announced Sunday and Monday to be reached by the coronavirus, which strongly affects the Assembly. Fifteen deputies are infected at this stage, but this figure could be underestimated, because it is only the parliamentarians who carried out the screening tests. “We have several cases of deputies with symptoms but not screened,” maintains an LREM official.
2:15 p.m. Le No2 of the European Commission in quarantine. The number two of the Brussels executive, the Dutch Frans Timmermans, 58, won his quarantine after having participated in a meeting with the French Secretary of State Brune Poirson, tested positive for coronavirus. “I am happy to reassure you about his state of health. He has no symptoms and he says himself I’am perfectly fine “Said Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer.
2:10 p.m. Nearly 500 free riders in Paris. According to an LCI reporter, in the night from saturday to sunday, when all the establishments considered as non-essential and receiving the public had to close at midnight, in the capital and the outer suburbs 473 of them did not act until after they had been ordered to do it by the police. They would even be 7 to have closed only after intervention by the police.
2:05 p.m. Le Scouarnec, Médiator… Processions returned. The correctional trial in Paris of the Mediator health scandal was postponed Monday to June 2 due to the coronavirus crisis, announced a lawyer for the civil parties. The trial in Saintes (Charente-Maritime) of Joël Le Scouarnec, accused of rape and sexual assault on four minors, was sent back to him in October, for the same reasons. The surgeon is kept in pre-trial detention.
14 hours. Testimonies: for fear of confinement, they flee Paris. Liberated by the widespread implementation of telework, Parisians are hurrying to leave Ile-de-France before the possible ban on all trips. They tell us what pushed them to take off.
“I did not want to find myself alone in the 30 m2 of my Parisian apartment, justifies in particular a consultant in the field of health, left to join the French Riviera this Monday. Here, my mother and sister each live in a house, face-to-face. There is the garden, the view of the sea, the weather is nice … It is still more pleasant. “
1:55 p.m. Soon announcements on the borders. Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Angela Merkel spoke by conference call. They have implemented measures at the external borders of the European Union which will be announced in the coming hours. In addition, a European Council will take place tomorrow by videoconference at 5 p.m.
1:50 p.m. Sanofi and Regeneron are starting a clinical trial on a potential treatment. The French laboratory Sanofi and the American Regeneron have started a clinical trial to evaluate their drug Kevzara in the treatment of patients hospitalized with a severe form of the new coronavirus, they announced Monday. A phase 2/3 clinical study has started in the United States, and patient recruitment will begin immediately, according to a joint statement. Regeneron will conduct the test in the United States, while Sanofi will be in charge of future tests in the rest of the world, notably in Italy.
1:45 p.m. A postponement of the second round which is approaching? According to our information, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, this Monday morning, personally called President Les Républicains Christian Jacob – confined to his home in Provins (Seine-et-Marne), because of coronavirus. Philippe told Jacob what he wanted to propose, at least concerning the municipal elections. This option could imply the postponement of the second round of municipal elections, which must take place next Sunday March 22. Without knowing for the moment what this implies for the results obtained during the 1st round of the election. At LR, we let it be known that “we will go in the direction of what the executive decides”.
1:40 p.m. Closure of all cafes and restaurants in Morocco. Moroccan authorities are announcing drastic measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, with the closure “until further notice” of cafes, restaurants, theaters and cinemas.
These provisions, which come into force at 6 p.m. also concern “sports halls, hammams, games rooms and nearby courts”, specifies the interior ministry in a press release. The measures do not “concern the souks, shops and premises for the sale of products and essentials as well as restaurants that deliver to your home”.
1:35 p.m. The Paris Stock Exchange sinks 10%. The Paris Bourse saw a new black Monday, continuing to sink mid-session, leaving the specter of a recession. Around 1:15 p.m., the CAC 40 index collapsed by 10.56% to 3683.26 points, after falling 20% last week.
1:25 p.m. The queue at the supermarket. In Etiolles (Essonne), the management of the Carrefour Market is obliged to filter the entries because there are too many people in the store. “I am not safe,” said one of the officials. “I have employees who have not taken their break since 5 am, so there they are going to take their lunch break”, warns the same manager in front of the queue of customers, after having indicated that there was more fruits and vegetables and that “for mineral water, you shouldn’t be picky.” “There is no shortage but too much demand. Tomorrow (Tuesday), I have two seedlings that deliver to me, ”he assured the customers who line up.
1:20 p.m. At La Poste, continuity of service. La Poste “maintains […] the continuity of its essential activities for the population, in absolute respect for the health of its employees and its customers, “according to a press release from the public group which specifies that 80% of the factors ensure the delivery of mail. On the other hand, the reception of the public is clearly restricted even if it continues to be ensured: of the group’s 17,000 “contact points”, “1,000 post offices will be […] open this Monday from 11 am ”, it is indicated, without specifying the geographical distribution.
1:15 p.m. A portal for childcare for doctors, nurses, assistants, etc. “The government is setting up a portal on the monenfant.fr site to register to request a priority place for his child”, declares Christelle Dubos, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Solidarity, at a press conference and Health. It will be open from Monday evening. This concerns children under three years of age from all personnel in health establishments, social and medico-social establishments, liberal health professionals, and those of the State services responsible for managing the epidemic. The nursery staff to be mobilized will also be among the priority staff.
1:10 p.m. Freezing of rocket launches in Kourou. The Kourou space center, located in French Guiana, is suspending the next launch campaigns due to the coronavirus epidemic, announce Arianespace and CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall.
1:05 p.m. The IMF recommends a coordinated response from states. Governments must stimulate the global economy in a coordinated way if they want to stabilize the situation, said Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the IMF on a blog, on Monday. “Constant contact and close coordination are the best drugs to ensure that the pain inflicted by the virus is short-lived,” she says. The IMF, recalls its boss, is able to mobilize $ 1000 billion in funding. She urges to help emerging countries suffering from the massive capital flight.
13 hours. LGermany is preparing to protect companies from bankruptcy. “We want to avoid that companies are forced to file for bankruptcy because the aid promised by the government did not arrive on time” due to administrative procedures, Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht told reporters. The legal obligation to file for bankruptcy after three weeks in the event of a lack of liquidity could thus be suspended.
12:55 p.m. 625 police officers confined. The police are suffering the full impact of the virus. According to our information, more than 600 police officers can no longer work, as well as 350 gendarmes. Non-emergency missions will no longer be provided. We explain everything to you here.
12.53 p.m. Anne Hidalgo also says to suspend her campaign. Pending announcements from the President of the Republic, Anne Hidalgo suspends her campaign, informing the Parisian entourage. Sunday evening, the candidate had asked the Head of State to specify the same evening “the essential additional measures that will protect the French in the face of the major health crisis”. A little earlier, her competitor Agnès Buzyn had announced the end of her second round campaign “.
12:50 p.m. The SNCF suspends the control of tickets on board trains. Le Parisien reveals to you that to fight against the coronavirus epidemic, the SNCF asks its agents to suspend the operations of ticket control and calls on the civility of customers.
12:45 p.m. PSA closes its production sites in France. The announcement was just made by unionists from the automaker.
12:40 p.m. More gatherings of more than five people in Geneva. The canton of Geneva, which hosts many international organizations including the European headquarters of the UN, has declared a state of emergency and prohibited all gatherings of more than five people. This announcement comes at a time when the number of cases doubled from Saturday to Sunday, in Switzerland, passing to 2200. This figure is however not complete because Switzerland does not practice a policy of systematic screening.
12:35 p.m. Hungary in turn closes. Hungary in turn announces the closing of its borders with neighboring countries, as well as that of all cultural and entertainment establishments, to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
12:30 p.m. 4 video tips for teaching your children at home. How can children be helped to continue studying during the period without school? We explain everything below.
VIDEO. 4 tips for teaching your children at home
12:25 p.m. British aviation grounded a majority of aircraft. IAG, Ryanair, Easyjet… The British and Irish airline industry is announcing drastic measures to cut costs and is expected to ground a majority of its planes in the short term in an attempt to weather the coronavirus storm that is crippling transportation around the world.
12:20 p.m. The Presidency also talks about measures at the EU’s external borders “in the coming hours”. Measures will be “finalized and announced in the coming hours” on the external borders of the European Union to fight against the coronavirus, said the Elysee, after a discussion between Emmanuel Macron and European officials.
The head of state called for “intensifying European coordination and swiftly taking effective and concerted measures, in particular concerning the EU’s borders”, while condemning “unilateral unilateral measures taken at the borders by a number of ‘EU Member States’.
12:15 p.m. Macron announces “Demanding decisions in the next few hours” “European coordination this morning with @vonderleyen, @CharlesMichel and Chancellor Merkel. We work between Europeans. Demanding decisions in the next few hours, ”tweeted the president.
12:10 p.m. Marine Le Pen is confined to her home. The RN president confined herself to her home “as a precaution” and canceled a radio broadcast on Tuesday, after having frequented Christian Jacob, who tested positive for coronavirus, announces those around her, who specifies that she does not, however, present “any symptoms. From the coronavirus.
12:05 p.m. In Rome, confined people light candles at their windows. Confined to limit the spread of covid-19, Romans lit candles in their windows Sunday evening after six days of confinement.
VIDEO. In Rome, confined people light candles at their windows
12 hours. In Iran, 129 new deaths. The total death toll rises to 853 dead, in this country which has become one of the main foci of the coronavirus.
11.55 a.m. 1000 additional cases in Spain. The number of patients exploded again in 24 hours. The death toll rose from 288 Sunday to 297.
11:50 a.m. In Morocco, the French are still hoping to return to France. “In front of the French consulate in Casablanca, a few dozen tourists and nationals are waiting for news from the consul to leave Morocco. Some Air France tickets would be open, “capped at € 250,” says a photographer. Morocco has suspended all international flights but special aircraft have been authorized to repatriate stranded European tourists.
11.45 a.m. It’s Renault’s turn to shut down factories. Four factories are concerned in Spain.
11.40 a.m. Extraordinary meeting of the 27 EU leaders on Tuesday. It is Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, who announces the meeting by videoconference.
11.35 a.m. Fiat Chrysler closes the majority of its European factories. Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has announced in a press release that it will close most of its European manufacturing plants until March 27.
11:30 a.m. What happens if the second round is postponed? Several officials from all political sides want the second ballot to be postponed, but that the results of this Sunday are retained. This seems very complicated in the opinion of several constitutional experts.
11:25 a.m. French tour operators postpone all scheduled departures until March 31. This decision was taken “in front of the impossibility of ensuring the services at destination and the uncertainty of the returns”, indicate in a joint press release the Seto (syndicate of tour operators) and the Travel Companies (travel agencies). They also ensure that requests for early return for travelers already on site are processed “on a case-by-case basis”.
11:20 a.m. What series to watch during this confinement? As a family, nothing could be easier than putting yourself in front of a screen during this period of confinement. It is still necessary to find the right program to bring together adults and children. Here are 5 (super) series to see with his tribe.
11.15 a.m. New assessment. Since the count on Sunday, 81 new deaths and 4,317 new cases have been recorded worldwide. The new coronavirus has killed at least 6,501 people and more than 168,250 cases of infection have been reported in 142 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic. A balance sheet that only imperfectly reflects reality, countries with more or less restrictive accounting policies and criteria.
11.10 a.m. Agnes Buzyn’s campaign suspended. The LREM candidate for mayor of Paris announces to stop her campaign in the capital, but she does not withdraw from the race, while the prospect of a second round is more uncertain than ever. “This morning, given the rapid deterioration of the health situation and the situation in hospitals, I am stopping the campaign for the 2nd round for the town hall of Paris,” she announced on Twitter.
“I ask all my teams, the list leaders, the running mate, the campaign teams, to stop campaign actions and to follow the recommendations of the Government and therefore to stay at home”, also writes the former Minister of health. And to underline: “The only priority of Parisians today must be the fight against the epidemic of Coronavirus and the preservation of the health of our fellow citizens. “
11:05 a.m. A new source of contamination in South Korea. The Grace River Church in Seongnam, about 20 kilometers south of Seoul, closed on Sunday after a third of its 135 worshipers tested positive for Covid-19. This religious congregation continued to celebrate masses … More than 60% of the approximately 8,200 Covid-19 cases recorded in South Korea are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an organization accused by some of being a sect.
11:00. A little essential reminder: how to wash your hands properly. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the Covid-19: wash your hands regularly and not just anyhow.
VIDEO. How to wash your hands well in 6 steps
10:55 a.m. “We must do everything to slow this epidemic”. The serious tone, the Director General of Health launched on the radio a “call for general mobilization”. He insists: “We can all carry the virus without knowing it”.
10:50 a.m. LItaly demands “European coordination”. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called for “European coordination” in the areas of health and the economy to confront the coronavirus, warning that his country had not “yet reached the peak” of contagions. He must participate this Monday in the extraordinary G7 summit by videoconference to coordinate the fight against the coronavirus in the health, economic, financial and research fields.
10.45 a.m. Macron will speak at 8 p.m. Will the President announce new, more drastic containment measures? Emmanuel Macron must speak on television at 8 p.m., announces the Elysée.
10:40 a.m. In Belgium, towards a government dedicated to the coronavirus. An agreement was reached to suspend the constitution of a new government and grant Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès “special powers” until the end of the summer, exclusively devoted to fighting the coronavirus, in particular with health measures and budgetary.
10:35 a.m. The NBA suspended for two months? 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 .
10:30 a.m. How do athletes manage the crisis, a few months before the Olympic Games? The closure of all training sites forces the champions to adapt. Everyone remains hopeful of participating in the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
10:25 a.m. The Paris Stock Exchange collapses. Before 10 am, the CAC 40 index fell 9.07%, while panic continues to take hold of the financial markets. A consequence of several actions by central banks, including the Fed, faced with the spread of the coronavirus.
Sunday, it brutally lowered its rate to 0% -0.25% and announced a liquidity injection of 700 billion dollars, a first since 2008. This gesture however did not succeed in reassuring the markets, the European stock markets plunging at the opening while the futures on the American indices are stopped. The lack of liquidity makes the markets increasingly fear a financial crisis.
10:20 a.m. Lhe chief of emergency at Pompidou “sees the wave coming”. According to Professor Philippe Juvin, chief of emergency at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris, the epidemic is causing “an influx of patients” in hospitals, where certain resuscitation services “are already overwhelmed”.
In the Paris region, in three days, “we saw a doubling of the number of patients hospitalized in intensive care”, according to the doctor invited by LCI. Emergencies are confronted with “an influx of patients who disorganize them” and this engorgement “creates chaos in medical services”. “Currently all patients who need resuscitation go to resuscitation”, but hospital capacity is limited, hence the need to “spread the wave,” said the specialist.
“Some are completely overwhelmed, others are loading, but we see the wave coming,” said Professor Juvin. He also claims that in the Haut-Rhin, one of the centers of the epidemic, “resuscitation capacities are exceeded” in Mulhouse, while the Colmar hospital suffers from “equipment shortages”. According to him, to achieve this, “there are not ten solutions, there is only one […] the population must be confined ”.
10:15 a.m. The 10 lessons of a very specific first round. The first round of the municipal ballot took place on Sunday March 15 in an unprecedented context of health crisis. This is what we had to remember.
We also decipher for you, in six cards, the vote for the first round in Paris, which saw the outgoing mayor, Anne Hidalgo, take the lead.
10:10 a.m. Easyjet could ground most of its fleet to the ground. “Because of unprecedented government travel restrictions to reduce the pandemic […], Easyjet has implemented new flight cancellations “which could translate in the short term by” keeping the majority of (its) fleet on the ground, “explains the British carrier. “It is not certain that European companies […] will survive what could prove to be a long-term freeze on travel, “insists Easyjet, urging authorities to take emergency measures to help the industry.
10:05 a.m. Coronavirus and home school: advice from teachers. Here are the practical advices of teachers from kindergarten to high school, to pass the course of confinement without risking dropping out.
And containment can also mean entertainment. We offer you a good plan every day to learn while having fun. Today: the Imaginary Walks of the Musée d’Orsay.
10 hours. TUI, N ° 1 worldwide in tourism, suspends most of its activities. The German group announces the suspension of “most of its activities” as a tour operator in the face of the spread of the coronavirus. He also requests state aid.
9:55 a.m. L‘The EU’ anticipates a recession in 2020 ‘, warns European Commissioner Thierry Breton. The European Union anticipates a recession in 2020, he said on BFM Business, without quantifying it but predicting a global impact of the coronavirus crisis on European growth “from 2 to 2.5%”. “Before the crisis, we were around 1.4%” growth forecast “across the continent. We think we’re going to have an impact between 2 and 2.5% “on this growth, he commented.
9.50 a.m. “Stay at home”: the poster to encourage the French not to go out. The designer Mathieu Persan produced a poster to encourage the French to stay at home.
VIDEO. “Stay at home”: the poster asking the French to stop going out
9.45 a.m. The ADP group fears an operating loss of 190 million euros in 2020. The Paris airports group plans an operating loss of 190 million euros in 2020, against a profit of 1.7 billion in 2019, due to the fall in traffic on the platforms it manages. He announced that he would initiate an “important savings plan” with a “target of reducing current expenses for 2020 in the order of 180 million euros, including 120 million euros in Paris”.
9:40 a.m. Premier case aboard a US Navy vessel. A sailor has tested positive but this result has yet to be confirmed by the health authorities. The announcement comes a week after the announcement that a US Navy soldier stationed in southern Italy had contracted Covid-19 disease which killed more than 6,470 people worldwide.
9:35 a.m. “There will be no problem with food supply.” There is no food shortage in France in the face of the spread of the coronavirus, declares the Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume. On CNews, he calls on the French not to empty the shelves by making excessive reservations.
9:30 a.m. A Defense Council this Monday noon. Emmanuel Macron is meeting a lunch this afternoon “in Defense Council format”, announces the Elysée. The Head of State was also due to meet at 10 a.m. with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the Council Charles Michel to discuss a possible tightening of controls at the European borders, before the videoconference of G7 leaders at 3 p.m.
9:25 a.m. One dead in Bahrain. It was the first death in the six Arab monarchies in the Gulf. A 65-year-old woman died in Bahrain of the new coronavirus, announces the Ministry of Health.
9.20am. Michelin stops its factories in Spain, France and Italy for a week. The French tire group has decided to interrupt the production of its factories for a week in Spain, France and Italy because of the coronavirus, announces a spokesperson, in order to respect “the hygiene and containment measures put in place in these countries. “
9:15 a.m. European stock markets are collapsing. Frankfurt (-5.57), Paris (-5.62), London (-4.77), Madrid (-7%), the stock markets open on Monday in sharp decline. Record fall in Australia, further setbacks in Japan and China, where the economic situation turns out to be even worse than expected: Stock markets also nosedived in Asia-Pacific, despite the efforts of central banks to lessen the economic impact of the new coronavirus . Hong Kong closed down 4.03%.
9:10 a.m. Trump is optimistic but “the worst is yet to come,” says his coronavirus expert. Donald Trump was optimistic Sunday after a strong gesture by the American Central Bank to curb the economic impact of the pandemic, but his experts warned of a “peak” to come in the cases of coronavirus in the United States , which strengthened preventive measures.
9:05 a.m. A plan to save the economy to more than 30 billion euros. The government must present its emergency plan decreed by Emmanuel Macron to deal with the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis.
9 hours. “Don’t fire,” urges Pénicaud. According to the Minister of Labor, the entry into force of the unemployment benefit reform could be postponed until September 1. She also estimates on the set of BFMTV that “two million employees” are affected by the closure of businesses. “If you are in difficulty of full or partial economic activity, do not lay off, put everyone in partial unemployment”, she insists, to the attention of employers.
Another announcement: childminders will be able to benefit from the establishment of an equivalent of partial unemployment, with 80% of their salary paid.
8:55 a.m. Reductions of “70 to 90%” in flights at Air France. The French company announced Monday morning that it plans to drastically reduce its air supply for two months.
The group’s offer in seat kilometers offered, a measure of the calculation of the number of seats offered on an airline, “could drop between -70% and -90%”, according to the group’s press release which also provides “a financial trajectory strongly degraded ”compared to the objectives announced when its latest results were published.
8:52 a.m. First decline in industrial production in China in nearly 30 years. Industrial production in China fell 13.5% year-on-year in December. Unheard of for 30 years.
8:50 a.m. By the way, who is part of the “scientific council”, the new state compass? Eleven researchers (infectious diseases, virologists, resuscitator, anthropologist …) guide since Wednesday the decisions of the executive. These nine men and two women form what is called the “scientific council”. A sort of cabinet of experts, on which the political power now relies each time he speaks.
8.45 a.m. Marlène Schiappa launches a “call to responsibility”. On France Info, the secretary of state responsible for equality between women and men estimated that “if everyone does not respect the instructions, the government will have to take tougher restrictions […] to protect themselves and others. “
Regarding the possible postponement of the second round, she hands this decision to the Scientific Council, which is meeting with the Minister of Health on Monday. “The president or the Prime Minister will most likely speak on the subject,” she only scans, without giving a date.
8:40 a.m. Ministers on the phone for the mornings. Marlène Schiappa, Sibeth Ndiaye… It was by telephone that the members of the executive answered questions from the journalists, in order to comply with the containment measures.
8:35 a.m. L France switches to teleworking. Since Monday morning, thousands of employees have been going to work remotely. A brutal upheaval in the organization of the work of the companies. It is an upheaval that must be supported, but that current organizations do not always allow.
8:30 am. The executive does not regret having maintained the first round. “We do not regret having organized this first round, a democratic moment that went well,” said government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye on France Inter. “We never hesitated to have transparency […] The decisions we make are backed up scientifically, ”she added.
She also says she is appalled by the attitude of the French who continue to gather. “What poses a problem for us today, more than closing the borders, is the fact that in the square at the bottom of my house, children are touching the same balloons with parents squeezed like sausages on the benches”, she underlines, recalling that “Each infected person can spread the virus on average to three other people. “
Speaking of rumors of total containment, the spokesperson says, “This story about the decree was fake news. But we will examine all the useful measures to change behavior in depth ”. Before adding: “If we have to introduce restrictions, they must be concerted. We do according to the evolution of our knowledge »
8:25 a.m. How to keep in touch with loved ones and colleagues? Between forced teleworking and stopping visits to the frail, software and applications make it possible to get in touch a little bit by interposed screen.
8:20 a.m. Close to Germany, Austria confines itself. On Sunday, the Austrian government tightened restrictions on public life by banning gatherings of more than five people, limiting movement to the bare minimum and planning to have police check on the bans to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country recorded Sunday 860 contaminations with the new coronavirus and two deaths.
8:15 a.m. First checks at the German border. Journalists have seen that the first checks of motorists wishing to cross this border, now closed by Berlin, were carried out on Monday morning.
Vehicles from France, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Luxembourg have started to be checked by German police, who only allow the transport of goods and cross-border workers and are instructed to drive back the others travelers
8:10 a.m. Meanwhile at the White House. “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.
8:05 a.m. Why the government is considering complete containment. Annoyed by the indiscipline of the French in the face of the alarming spread of Covid-19, the government is preparing to tighten the measures of social restriction. But how? And when? Our explanations here.
8 hours. Which stores are now allowed to open? A new decree appeared this Monday in the Official Journal. It details the stores and services which are now authorized to open their doors, including DIY stores, garage owners, computer hardware sellers, etc.
7.55 a.m. What do the scientists at Covid-19 know? How it is transmitted, its contagiousness, its symptoms, its possible mutations, the number of people it could touch … Our answers to the 12 questions we ask ourselves about the epidemic.
7:50 a.m. “The situation is extremely worrying,” said the Director General of Health. According to Jérôme Salomon, guest of France Inter, the situation of the epidemic “is deteriorating very quickly”. He deplores the “weak adherence” of the French to the barrier measures which “means that we cannot manage to slow down the kinetics of the epidemic”. “The French must understand that we can all spread the virus. We observe very concretely in daily life that many still do not respect the instructions, “he regrets.
“Each Frenchman must ask himself today how to divide by three or four the number of people he approaches,” also stresses the Director General of Health, who judges the situation “extremely worrying”. He recalls that France can “very quickly reach saturation” in its hospitals, “if there is no massive application of barrier measures”. “I would especially like our fellow citizens to realize that there are people who are sick, in intensive care and whose life prognosis is committed, and these people number in the hundreds,” insists also Jérôme Salomon.
7.45 a.m. “No shortages” in supermarkets, reassures Trump. The American president calls on the Americans not to “amass food of basic necessities” for fear of the pandemic.
7.40 a.m. Home school, parents to the rescue. While all schools close their doors on Monday, parents are somehow forced to class. How are they doing in the Oise, where the schools have been closed for two weeks already? Elements of answers here.
7:30 a.m. What human toll for this virus? In total, 6,420 people have officially died from Covid-19 disease, for 159,844 cases recorded worldwide, according to a report drawn up on Sunday. In France there are 127 dead and 5,423 cases, including 400 people in intensive care.
7:25 a.m. Bars and restaurants closed in New York and Los Angeles. “Tomorrow I will sign a decree limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to take-out and home delivery. Nightclubs, cinemas, small theaters and concert halls must all close. The decree will take effect Tuesday at 9 am, “said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Schools are also closed from Monday.
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 also said. This ban will remain in effect until at least March 31.
A similar measure was adopted also on Sunday in Las Vegas. The MGM Resorts group has announced the temporary closure of the 13 casinos and hotels.
7.20am. Biden and Sanders attack Trump over the management of the coronavirus. In their first televised face-to-face meeting with Democratic primaries Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders attacked Donald Trump. Believing that it is necessary to declare “war” on the disease and “to do much more than what this president did”, Joe Biden, great favorite of the democratic competition, assured that he would have called on the army . Bernie Sanders accused Donald Trump of “undermining” the work of the experts. “We have to silence this president now,” he said. “It is unacceptable to hear him shouting at non-factual information,” lamented the socialist senator.
7.15 a.m. Lhe Guatemala closes to Europeans. After registering a first death, the country closed on Sunday to European nationals. The 85-year-old man was returning from Spain. Travelers from China, South Korea and Iran are already denied entry.
7:05 a.m. Prague limits the movement of the entire population. The Czech government announced on Sunday that the free movement of all citizens would be limited for eight days and until March 24 at least. Czechs are allowed to go to work, shop, visit family members or see a doctor, buy gas or go for a walk in the countryside.
6:55 a.m. First death in Martinique. A first death related to the coronavirus was recorded in Overseas and more precisely in Martinique. “An 86-year-old patient hospitalized for suspected influenza, who turned out to be infected with the coronavirus, died in intensive care today,” announced the director general of the ARS of Martinique. The island currently has 14 people carrying the coronavirus, including one person hospitalized in intensive care.
6:45 a.m. Three times more cases imported into China than indigenous. China has announced 12 new imported cases of coronavirus against just four native cases, as Beijing tightens its quarantine measures for international travelers. The country where the epidemic started at the end of 2019 now has 123 cases of contamination from abroad, a figure to be compared with a total assessment of 80,860 infections, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health.
6:30 am. Argentina and Colombia are closing. “We have closed the borders of Argentina,” said the president, adding that the measure was aimed only at entry but that exits from the territory remained free. In a message on Twitter, the Colombian head of state informed that “from March 16, the entry into the country of non-citizens and non-residents in Colombia is restricted”. Colombians and foreigners living in the country can enter it, but “will be in compulsory administrative segregation for 14 days” at their home.
6:25 a.m. Which mayors elected in the first round? Several voices are raised to demand the cancellation of the second round, in the midst of an epidemic. The mayors elected from Sunday, would see their election validated.
6:20 a.m. The first municipal round marked by coronavirus. 53.5% to 56% abstention (according to polling institutes), against 36.45% in 2014. On the television sets, the ministers of the government are not questioned on the bad results of LREM, but on the management of the coronavirus health crisis. Edouard Philippe wonders about the postponement of the second round.
VIDEO. Municipal: Edouard Philippe evokes a possible postponement of the second round
6.15 a.m. Coronavirus: first contraction in industrial production in China in almost 30 years. China has released a series of sluggish indicators for January and February. For the first time in almost 30 years, industrial production fell 13.5% year on year. Retail sales, a reflection of consumption, for their part fell by 20.5% compared to the first two months of 2019, announced the National Bureau of Statistics (BNS).