Sharp increase in deaths in the United States and the United Kingdom. The number of deaths from Covid-19 disease explodes in the United States, where nearly 1,200 people have died in the last 24 hours, unheard of in a single country, and in the United Kingdom, where the epidemic is accelerating with a 20% increase in daily deaths.
With nearly 6,000 dead, the United States is fast becoming the new epicenter of the pandemic.
Balance sheet. According to the latest AFP count, more than a million people have now tested positive for the new coronavirus worldwide, a fraction of the actual number of patients, with many countries testing only severe cases. Our direct is to follow here.
With half of the nearly 53,700 deaths worldwide, Europe remains the most affected continent. In Spain, the most bereaved country in the world behind Italy, the number of deaths in 24 hours still Friday, as the day before, exceeded 900, bringing the total toll to almost 11,000 deaths. The balance sheets also continue to increase in Italy (nearly 14,000 dead) and in France (more than 6,500).
Bac. The epidemic of coronavirus, which continues to make hundreds of deaths per day in France, pushed the government to cancel the exams of the baccalaureate, with a review which will be based this year solely on continuous monitoring. The same will apply to the secondary school leaving certificate examinations.
Only French speaking is maintained for students of Première who pass the French bac, announced the Minister of Education.
“It's the simplest, safest and fairest solution”, said Jean-Michel Blanquer, who also assured that “All students (would have classes until July 4”), as soon as a return to normal is possible before that. For further.
No departure on vacation. No question of starting an Easter holiday for Zone C (Ile-de-France and Occitanie), the first concerned from Friday evening. More than 160,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized for reinforced controls accompanied by sanctions: “An exceptional control system”, warned the Secretary of State for the Interior, Laurent Nuñez. Train traffic has been reduced to a minimum.
Fence. The National Academy of Medicine is in favor of the mask for everyone. “In a shortage of masks and when the priority for the allocation of FFP2 masks and surgical masks acquired by the State must go to health structures (health establishments, medico-social establishments, health professionals in the liberal sector) and to the most exposed professionals, the National Academy of Medicine recommends that the wearing of a “general public” mask, also called “alternative”, be made compulsory for the necessary outings during confinement period“Writes the institution in a press release.
Boomerang. The prefect of police Didier Lallement regretted Friday his remarks made in the morning and making a link between the hospitalization of patients and the non-compliance with the decree containment facing the coronavirus.
Politicians and doctors have asked for his resignation, despite his apologies: the Paris police prefect has once again created controversy. “Those who are hospitalized today, those found in resuscitation, are those who, at the beginning of confinement, did not respect it, it is very simple, there is a very simple correlation”, he said during a press briefing on a traffic check to deter departures on vacation.
Three hours, at the request of Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who called him, according to a source familiar with the matter, the prefect apologized, via a press release. More details here.
Tobacco. The tobacconists' confederation said Friday it had seen an increase in tobacco sales of up to “30 to 40%” in certain border areas, believing that the Covid-19 pandemic temporarily halted cross-border purchases.
Bill Withers disappears. The American singer Bill Withers, one of the greatest voices of soul, to whom we owe in particular titles like “Ain't No Sunshine” or “Lean On Me”, died from heart complications at the the 81-year-old family announced on Friday.
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