The French Defense Council is meeting this Wednesday to decide measures in the face of the worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic, which will be announced by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, while increasing the requests for the closure of schools in the country.
The head of state is meeting this morning with the ministers at the Defense Council at the Elysee Palace. Macron will address the French on television today at 8 pm local time (7 pm in Lisbon), announced the Elysee Palace, while further large-scale measures are expected by the French in the face of a serious third wave of the covid-19 epidemic in the parents.
To decide on the new measures, Emmanuel Macron goes take into account the latest pandemic data in the country, with the effect of the hybrid confinement put in place, 13 days ago, in 16 and then 19 French departments.
The trend remains worrying with the increase in the number of cases, which puts hospitals under severe tension. The number of intensive care patients has risen to 5.072, above the normal capacity of hospitals and the peak of the second wave in November. The incidence rate has also increased. Including patients with Covid-19 and others, nearly nine out of 10 beds in intensive care (6,833 out of 7,665 on March 26) are currently occupied, according to the French Ministry of Health.
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This degradation only increased the pressure on the head of state, urged by many doctors, but also by the opposition, to take more effective measures, including with strict confinement. The mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, today called for the closure of schools in the capital, in view of the “serious” health situation and the “enormous disorganization” of the establishments.
“The situation is very serious”, underlined Hidalgo in statements to the BFMTV channel, recalling that in the capital there are 850 classes closed with 20 thousand affected students. The mayor added that the incidence rate among young people aged 15 to 19 is 850 per 100,000 in the last seven days in the capital, compared to 377 in the country as a whole.
The president of the Federation of Hospitals in France, Frédéric Valleteux, supports Hidalgo’s position, saying that “the closure of schools is now a necessity” as a way of containing infections in the face of the progressive saturation of intensive care services. Valleteux recalled that currently “there are large-scale closures of classes” due to the emergence of positive cases among students. “Schools must be closed. In any case, Easter holidays are coming, ”said Valleteux. Precisely, one of the possibilities that the Government is studying is to unify these Easter holidays across the country so that students stay at home for two weeks.
In France, some school holidays are taken at different stages by region to avoid large-scale travel on specific dates. The ovid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,792,586 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 127 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
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