The long-awaited verdict has fallen. Four days before the May 11 deadline, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran unveiled Thursday, the final map of the country’s deconfinement.
Up to now three-color and updated daily, the map of departments that became two-color this Thursday (green and red) conditions the pace of the deconfinement that will be initiated from May 11. Unsurprisingly, the northeast quarter of the country and Île-de-France, like Mayotte, remain in the red zone.
The northeast quarter and the Île-de-France in red
In detail, 32 departments appear in red. These are North, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Oise, Aisne, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Vosges, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Moselle, Meuse, Ardennes, Marne, Aube, Haute-Marne, Haute -Saône Côte d’Or, Jura, Doubs, Territoire de Belfort, Saône-et-Loire, Nièvre, Yonne, Seine-et-Marne, Essonne, Yvelines, Val-d’Oise, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de -Marne, Hauts-de-Seine, Paris and Mayotte.
All the other departments are in green and will be able to start a deconfinement under less strict conditions than their neighbors. Wednesday evening, 27 departments were in “red”, 22 in “orange” and 52 classified green.
Special case in Mayotte and Ile-de-France
The deconfinement is postponed to Mayotte because “the virus is actively circulating there”, immediately warned the Prime Minister. If “the number of cases is low” in this territory, “it remains increasing,” lamented Edouard Philippe.
“In Ile-de-France, the number of cases is falling but it remains higher than what we hoped for,” he commented. If deconfinement can take place in the latter region, “it requires enhanced discipline,” insisted the head of government.
The new deconfinement map: “Four regions in red, including Île-de-France”
As a reminder, if your department is classified in green, this means that the deconfinement will take place under the conditions set out last week, in particular with regard to the reopening of colleges or parks.
If your department is listed in red, the infection rate and the number of people hospitalized are still too high. And therefore that the movement restrictions will be more important, even if the vagueness persists on the modalities of this “more strict” deconfinement.
First three cards revealed
At first, the Minister of Health presented the map of the circulation of the virus. Circulation which is particularly active (“more than 10% of patients who go to the emergency room go there for a suspicion of coronavirus disease”) in Île-de-France and Mayotte.
Then, he presented a second map revealing the hospital tensions on the territory. The areas are in red (the northeast quarter and Ile-de-France) “when more than 80% of the intensive care beds are occupied by patients suffering from coronavirus”.
Finally, Olivier Véran presented a map detailing the coverage rate of the test needs estimated on May 11. “The screening capacity is already at the level of estimated needs today, you see, the map is clear to say the least”, he commented, adding however that “sometimes, from theory to practice, it can there are deviations ”.
A new stage on June 2?
Anyway, the deconfinement will take place in a “very gradual” and “differentiated” way, insisted Edouard Philippe. After May 11, the executive has set a new stage on June 2 which could allow, if the conditions are met, to amplify the deconfinement.
The Covid-19 epidemic still caused the death of 278 people in France in 24 hours, bringing the total to 25,809 dead at least since March 1, said Wednesday the Directorate General of Health.