► Soaring number of cases, a Defense Council Tuesday morning
The number of daily cases continues to increase in France. Thus, the Covid-19 pandemic has beaten a new record : 52,010 new positive cases were recorded on Sunday 25 October and the milestone of one million confirmed cases was crossed. Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the scientific council, estimated on RTL that the real number of cases should rather be ” around 100,000 per day “.
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As a consequence of these constantly increasing figures, a Defense Council dedicated to Covid-19 will be held on Tuesday 27 October, before Prime Minister Jean Castex receives at the end of the day “Political forces” then the social partners in Matignon. The Head of State will then meet, Wednesday morning, a new Defense Council dedicated to the epidemic.
► Towards a second reconfinement?
The president (LR) of the Grand Est region Jean Rottner on Monday called on the government to open a large “Consultation” with intermediary bodies and local elected officials to prepare a ” adapted re-containment ‘ to local situations. “If we are not efficient at all, we will have to confine, there will be no other solutions”, meanwhile warned, on France Info, Éric Caumes, head of the infectious disease department of the Parisian hospital of Pitié-Salpêtrière (AP-HP).
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The president of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, for his part estimated Monday morning on RMC that a total reconfinement would not only cause a “10% recession” in 2020 but ” a collapse of the French economy ”. The same day on LCI, the Minister of Labor Élisabeth Borne assured that the government wanted “ avoid general re-containment ”, adding that the company health protocol was “Effective” and “Very well applied”.
► Launch of the white plan in the Grand Est region
The Grand Est Regional Health Agency (ARS) announced that it had asked all health establishments to trigger the “White plan” for “Face the epidemic rebound significant “. The device must allow “Immediately mobilize resources of all kinds” available to hospitals “In the event of an influx of patients”.
The health situation quickly degraded in the Grand Est region. According to Public Health France, the incidence rate on October 22 was 465.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Strasbourg metropolis, 337.5 in Metz and 297 in Nancy. The maximum alert threshold is set at 250. The white plan had already been activated in Ile-de-France and in Lille, Lyon, Grenoble and Saint-Étienne.
► Curfew: bars ask to reopen during the day
The Union of Trades of Hospitality Industries (Umih) has requested permission to open bars without catering activity “Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. in curfew areas”, in one ” equitable relief “ addressed to Prime Minister Jean Castex.
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Umih ensures that a reinforced health protocol in bars, such as that defined by the Ministry of Health on October 5, could make it possible to enforce barrier gestures and physical distancing, as restaurants and bar-restaurants are currently doing. Since October 24, two thirds of French people have been subject to a nighttime curfew.
► Ile-de-France: reduced transport from Wednesday, 9 p.m.
From Wednesday 28 October, public transport traffic in the Paris region will be reduced from 9 p.m. until the end of service, due to a drop in attendance linked to the establishment of the curfew.
The metro’s offer will therefore be reduced “About one in two metro stations”, as well as the frequency of trains, RER and buses, except for “The busiest lines serving hospitals”, specified Ile-de-France Mobilités. Finally, for trams, the reduction will be done “Progressive”. Metro lines 4, 7 and 13 will however be reinforced between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. “To cope with situations of increased traffic”.
► Australia: end of confinement in Melbourne
Containment will finally be lifted in Melbourne, three months after being imposed there to stem the second epidemic wave, Australian authorities announced on Monday. No new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the past 24 hours in the state of Victoria.
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While Australia had been relatively effective in containing the first wave, Melbourne experienced this summer (winter in the Antipodes, Editor’s note) an outbreak of cases. The city’s five million residents were then subjected to drastic restrictions, including a nighttime curfew and travel restrictions. Australia, with a population of 25 million, has a total of around 27,500 cases since the start of the pandemic, and 905 deaths.