No more daytime certificates and travel restrictions! The first stage of the deconfinement calendar will give the French a slight taste of freedom after four weeks when they were asked, unless there was a compelling reason, to stay within a radius of ten kilometers around their home.
This day will also be the day of reunion in secondary schools. After two weeks of distance learning, which included two weeks of leave, the high school students will return to their establishment in half-gauge, with an alternation of face-to-face and distance learning. For colleges, the start of the school year will be face-to-face for all students, except for those in fourth and third of the fifteen departments most affected by the pandemic, who will also resume in half-gauge.
“A risk of the fourth wave”
The 7:00 p.m. curfew will remain in effect. It will be postponed to 9 p.m. on May 19, the date scheduled for the reopening of shops, terraces, museums, cinemas and theaters with limited gauges. And June 9 will see the curfew delayed to 11 p.m. and the reopening of indoor cafes and restaurants and gyms.
It is these two stages that push scientists to call on the French to redouble their vigilance, despite the feeling of rediscovered freedom. “The country is still on a high plateau”, underlines the Swiss infectious disease specialist Didier Pittet in Sunday Newspaper. “Because of this high plateau, there is a risk of a fourth wave, even in summer. If the population slackens too much, if compliance with barrier measures drops, the rebound will be faster ”.
For Pascal Crépey, teacher-researcher in epidemiology and biostatistics, “there was a need to release the pressure at the population level”. But he said he was “a little more worried about the following stages, and in particular that of June 9”, with the reopening of restaurants and cafes rooms, in a interview in the world Saturday.
“If the level of incidence remains very high, the probability that an infected person is in a restaurant is going to be very high. However, restaurants and bars are places where people do not wear a mask, ”he notes.
Vaccination is expanding
The different stages of the deconfinement schedule, scheduled for June 30 with the end of the curfew, are however suspended from the progress indicators of the virus.
Emmanuel Macron intends to “activate emergency health brakes in areas where the virus is circulating too much”, with these criteria: more than 400 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, a “very sudden” increase in this rate and “a threat of saturation of intensive care services”.
Currently, hospital data show a slow decline: the number of patients in intensive care has dropped by more than 400 in one week. It remains high, however, at 5,585 this Sunday.
All departments combined, 28,818 covid-19 patients are still hospitalized, and 113 have died within 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 104,800 since the start of the epidemic.
Since Saturday, vaccination has been open to adults who “suffer from chronic diseases”, according to statements this week from Minister of Health Olivier Véran, or some 4 million people.
All over 50, unconditionally, can be vaccinated from May 15, and all adults from June 15, also said the President of the Republic on Friday.
In the field, faced with unused doses due to lack of candidates or due to withdrawals, local initiatives, particularly in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, are multiplying to extend vaccination to volunteers, thus derogating from the official criteria of the vaccination campaign.
In total in France, nearly 15.8 million people received a first injection (30% of the major population), of which 6.5 million were fully vaccinated (12.4% of the major population), according to the figures. published Saturday by the general directorate of health.
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