As France crosses the threshold of 3,500 coronavirus deaths, the government's action will be evaluated on Wednesday 1er April. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Minister of Health Olivier Véran will be heard at the National Assembly by the fact-finding mission, to talk about “Impact, management and consequences” of the epidemic. This mission, created last week, aims to monitor weekly the measures taken by the government.
Three months to the day after the first alert by the World Health Organization (WHO) on unexplained lung diseases in China, France recorded on Tuesday a new record increase in the number of deaths from coronavirus: 499 in 24 hours, or one death every three minutes. According to the latest authorities, the epidemic has killed 3,523 people. The number of intensive care patients more than doubled in one week and reached 5,565 on Tuesday evening (+458). Among the victims of the coronavirus, Pape Diouf, the former emblematic president of Olympique de Marseille, died in Dakar Tuesday, aged 68, before he could be repatriated to France.
Two medicalized TGVs will join Brittany
A third of the deaths recorded in hospitals were in Ile-de-France, where the epidemic is sweeping after hitting the east of the country. To alleviate the services already under pressure, while the peak is not yet there, 36 patients from hospitals in the Paris region will be transferred on board two medical TGVs from Paris to Brittany on Wednesday, according to the authorities.
The TGV transfer remains ” complicated “, said Professor Salomon: the patients are “Monitored during the whole trip by a full resuscitation team. It’s a very cumbersome and completely reliable process. “
Since the first operation of this type on March 18, “288 heavy patients have been transferred to less stressed regions and this number is set to increase in the days and weeks to come”, reported Professor Salomon.
The East of France is not finished either with the saturation of its capacities: Tuesday evening, 21 transfers were underway from the Grand Est to Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland, according to the Director General of Health . The director of the ARS du Grand Est said he was confident, believing that the region should experience a decrease in hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 during the second half of April.
Masks and respirators to come
Criticized for the lack of protections facing the country, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France was going to move up a gear in the production of masks and respirators.
At the end of his visit to one of the four French mask factories on Tuesday near Angers (Maine-et-Loire), the head of state has promised four billion euros to finance orders “In drugs, respirators and masks” : the “Priority today is to produce more in France and in Europe”, he insisted.
To meet needs, France has ordered a billion masks and is organizing a ” air lift “ with China. After a first delivery on Monday, a second shipment of 12 million masks is expected on Wednesday. In addition, a consortium of manufacturers has been set up with the aim of manufacturing 10,000 respirators by mid-May.
Service vouchers created for the homeless
A service voucher system worth 15 million euros will be set up for 60,000 homeless people, the housing minister announced on Tuesday. These checks “Will make it possible to buy food or basic necessities, health or hygiene, in more than 220,000 points of sale”, Julien Denormandie explained in an interview published in the newspaper West France.
This represents a financial aid of seven euros per day per person, which will be managed by associations in the sector, such as the Abbé-Pierre Foundation, the Catholic Relief Service, Emmaus, the Red Cross and the Popular Relief, he said. precise.
Human, economic and legislative consequences
Consequences of the epidemic: while the schools are stationary, “Between 5 and 8% of students” have been “Lost” by their teachers who cannot reach them to ensure the “Educational continuity” desired, according to the Minister of Education.
Orly Airport closed its doors on Tuesday evening for an indefinite period, due to a lack of flights and passengers, accommodating only state flights, medical flights and emergency diversions. As for TGVs, greatly reduced due to confinement, their traffic has reached ” a floor “ with only 42 TGV per day against 700 usually, according to the SNCF.
In addition, the ongoing reform of housing aid (APL) will not come into force as planned on Wednesday. The ministry did not fix a new date for this reform which was to make it possible to calculate the APL according to the current incomes of the beneficiary and not, as it is always the case, of those earned two years before. The opening of the income statement was postponed from April 9 to 20. In this sense, the Minister of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin has announced that he will suspend tax audits, particularly in the sectors most affected by the health crisis.
In order to avoid saturation in the face of mortality from the coronavirus and to assist funeral directors, exemptions from funeral law have been taken by the government. In particular, they allow families who wish to postpone the funeral of the deceased for up to six months.