World DIRECT. Coronavirus: nearly 1,700 dead in France, including a...

DIRECT. Coronavirus: nearly 1,700 dead in France, including a minor aged 16


  • In France, there have been 1,696 deaths since the start of the pandemic. More than 13,000 people are hospitalized, including 3,375 cases in intensive care.
  • Emmanuel Macron promised a “massive plan” for the hospital after the crisis.
  • A third of the world’s inhabitants are confined as this epidemic has caused the death of 20,600 Covid-19 patients worldwide since December.
  • The number of people affected by coronavirus is now approaching half a million. “The coronavirus threatens all of humanity,” according to the UN.
  • The pandemic has killed more than 15,000 people in Europe, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources.

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20 hours. “Relaxed” standards for the reception of children in care. The standards governing the reception of minors in homes for child welfare (ASE) will be “relaxed” to cope with the “exceptional” conditions of the epidemic crisis, according to the State Secretariat for Child protection.

7.45 p.m. Over half a million officially reported cases worldwide. More than half a million cases of coronavirus have been officially declared in the world since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a count made by AFP from official sources Thursday at 19:20 GMT.

7:40 p.m. Death of an administrative officer. The Paris prefecture of police recorded a first death in its ranks linked to the coronavirus, with the death of an administrative agent hospitalized since last week.

7:38 p.m. Let’s heal. The Director General of Health insisted on “good news”: 4,948 people have already left the hospital cured, against 3,900 on Wednesday, “a figure that is growing very quickly”.

“We therefore recall that even if there are serious forms, even if there are deaths, there is an immense majority of people who recover, who leave the hospital or who do not even go to the hospital, who remain confined to their homes. And heal quite naturally, ”adds the director.

7:37 p.m. Progression of the epidemic. The number of deaths in France increased by 365 in 24 hours, which constitutes an acceleration compared to the balance sheet of the previous day (231 additional cases announced Wednesday evening).

7:35 p.m. Assessment in France. The number of deaths in hospitals in France amounts to 1,696 cases, “including a 16-year-old girl in Île-de-France”, announces the Director General of Health.

7:30 p.m. Statements by Jérôme Salomon. “There are 13,904 people hospitalized, 3,375 serious cases in intensive care, 34% of whom are under 60 and 58% between 60 and 80”. He adds that France has “1,696 deaths since the start of hospital surveillance”.

7:30 p.m. Statements by Jérôme Salomon. “We estimate that there are more than 29,155 cases confirmed by tests.”

7:25 p.m. A change in strategy in screening. The appearance of centers outside the hospital environment has been accompanied in recent days by an inflection in the speech of the government which announces that it wants to multiply tests on the coronavirus.

7.20 p.m. New assessment in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has 115 new deaths in one day, 578 in total.

7.15 p.m. Hundreds of French backpackers stranded in Australia. With the closure of the bars and restaurants where they were employed, these young French people are left without resources. And without the possibility of returning to France.

7:10 p.m. London announces measures for the self-employed. UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak has announced measures to protect the earnings of the self-employed, millions of people in the UK who are particularly vulnerable to the economic downturn.

19 hours. The 500 Miles of Indianapolis postponed to August 23. The 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500 Miles, originally scheduled for May 24, has been postponed to August 23, jointly announced the promoter of the race, the IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

6:55 p.m. The closure of Amazon warehouses demanded by the unions. While several cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed there, discomfort is growing in the French warehouses of the American e-commerce giant. Withdrawal rights and work stoppages are increasing.

6:50 p.m.

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6:40 p.m. Police students lend a hand. In order to reinforce the police force mobilized to check out permits, 1,500 student peacekeepers left school a few months before the end of their training. Report in Saint-Malo.

6.30 p.m. More than 15,000 dead in Europe. The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 15,000 people in Europe, according to an AFP report from official sources at 5 p.m. GMT.

A total of 15,500 deaths have been recorded in Europe, the majority in Italy (8,165) and Spain (4,089), countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as in France (1,331) .

6:20 p.m. More than 1,000 dead in the United States. The assessment of the pandemic crosses the symbolic threshold of the 1,000 deaths recorded on American soil, according to Johns Hopkins University.

With nearly 70,000 cases recorded, the country should, at this rate, overtake Italy very quickly and become the second most affected in the world by the pandemic, after China.

6.10 p.m. London frees up £ 210 million to find a vaccine. The United Kingdom announced after a virtual G20 summit that it will increase its contribution to international efforts to find a coronavirus vaccine by £ 210 million (around € 230 million).

6:05 p.m. The end of the month and the time to pay the rent is approaching. Unable to work due to confinement, and without assistance, many tenants find themselves having difficulty paying their rent. If the government is helping small businesses, there is nothing for individuals.

18 hours. Transmission of the coronavirus during pregnancy is rare but possible. This is the conclusion of a study by Chinese researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. The Chinese team followed 33 pregnant women from Wuhan City, where the virus was first identified, and found that only three babies were infected at birth, a rate of 9%.

5:55 p.m. In Mexico, inmates sew masks. Dozens of Mexican prisoners have been busy in recent weeks manufacturing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Mexico.

By the task in the workshops of several prisons, notably in Mexico City, the prisoners make about 2,000 masks per day.

5.45 p.m. Are we contagious during the incubation period? The answer is yes. A person infected with SARS-CoV-2 can easily transmit the virus before symptoms appear.

5:35 p.m. First evacuation by rail to relieve hospitals in the Grand Est. Twenty resuscitation coronavirus patients left Strasbourg aboard a medical TGV for the Pays-de-la-Loire, an unprecedented operation to relieve Alsatian hospitals caught in the throat by the epidemic. The train left as planned around 11:00 am, heading west and arrived in Angers – its only stop before the Nantes terminus – just before 4:00 pm.

5.30 p.m. Journalist forced to leave Egypt for article on coronavirus. A British journalist who worked for The Guardian newspaper in Egypt was forced to leave the country after being punished last week for reporting on the new coronavirus deemed “in bad faith”, the daily wrote.

On March 15, the correspondent wrote an article in which she cited a Canadian study claiming that Egypt could actually count more than 19,000 cases instead of the few dozen officially announced.

5:28 p.m. The Red Cross is appealing for $ 825 million. The Red Cross has appealed for donations in the hopes of raising $ 825 million to help the most vulnerable populations facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

5:25 p.m. Spain exceeds 4,000 dead. The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 4,000 people in Spain according to the report published by the authorities, who hope to approach the peak of contagions when many hospitals are overwhelmed.

The second country in the world with the most deaths from Covid-19 after Italy, Spain recorded 655 new deaths in 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 4,088 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

5:20 p.m. Social benefits paid two days in advance in April. Payments of social assistance will be made two days in advance in April so as not to penalize beneficiaries who have to withdraw their money from banks, whose operation may be disrupted due to the coronavirus, said the Ministry of Solidarity .

5.10 p.m. Real Madrid stadium transformed into medical equipment warehouse. Real Madrid will make its Santiago Bernabeu stadium available to store medical equipment in Spain, the second country most affected by the pandemic in the world.

5:05 p.m. Even closed, Finnish schools continue to provide free lunches. Two weeks after the announced closure of schools in Finland, schools continue to distribute free meals to students every noon.

Every day, some 200 children interrupt their home lessons, heading to the school refectory, in the heart of the capital Helsinki, where they wait for a lunch served in accordance with the health measures announced by the government.

“Children stand at least three feet from each other, wash their hands under supervision, and up to ten children eat at the same time,” said Hanna-Kaisa Talvensaari, of the education department of the Municipality of Helsinki.

17 hours. 385 dead in New York State.

4:55 p.m. “We lack everything”, the lab SOS. In Lyon as in Strasbourg, heads of medical analysis laboratories are raising the alarm: they do not have sufficient equipment to meet the demand for tests linked to the coronavirus.

4.45 p.m. In Tunisia, female workers confine themselves to the factory to make masks.

In a Tunisian factory, 150 people, mostly workers, have locked themselves up with enough to live in near self-sufficiency, in order to continue to make masks and protections for caregivers fighting against the coronavirus./AFP

4:42 p.m. Up to 10,000 prisoners released in Afghanistan. Up to 10,000 prisoners will be released within ten days in Afghanistan to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in this country where health infrastructure is weak.

4:35 p.m. The G20 will inject $ 5 trillion into the global economy. G20 member countries announced plans to inject “over $ 5 trillion” into global economy to “counter social, economic and financial impact of pandemic” at virtual emergency summit .

4.30 p.m. Michel Cymès requisitioned. The star physician of the PAF, a member of the health reserve, announced that he was going to stop the antenna while providing “nursing care”.

4:25 p.m. Exceptional Council of Ministers. According to our information, an exceptional Council of Ministers will be held on Friday afternoon, following the directives to deal with the epidemic.

4:20 p.m. Religious cults deemed “essential” by Bolsonaro. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decreed religious activities among the essential services that must remain open even during periods of confinement.

This decree, published in the official journal, adds to the list of services considered essential, as well as those of pharmacies or supermarkets, “religious activities whatever their nature”.

4:15 p.m. Job seekers called to update themselves remotely from Saturday. Pôle emploi will contact 178,000 jobseekers who usually update themselves in an agency to do it remotely from Saturday, said the institution, which no longer receives an audience.

4:10 p.m. Africa is preparing to enter containment. South Africa is preparing to join the 3 billion humans on the planet already called to stay at home. The most industrialized country in Africa is by far the most affected by Covid-19 on the continent, with 709 cases officially identified since the virus’s appearance in China in December. No deaths have been recorded so far.

16 hours. 1,500 foreigners placed in confinement in Turkey. Turkey has placed some 1,500 people in containment, a majority of them Algerians, who have been stranded for several days at Istanbul’s main airport after flight cancellations caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.

3:50 p.m. G20 leaders promise to “stand together” against the coronavirus.

3:40 p.m. Investigation opened after threats against Professor Raoult. An investigation was opened following “acts of intimidation” targeting the doctor of Marseille Didier Raoult, whose recommendations for a treatment with chloroquine of the patients of Covid-19 are controversial, indicated the parquet floor of Nantes.

3.30 p.m. The theory of “collective immunity” challenged. Some of our neighbors have been slow to impose containment measures on their populations, believing that the virus should be allowed to spread in order for the population to be immunized. Decryption.

3:25 p.m. The number of cases could quickly “explode” in Nigeria. The Nigerian government has warned that the most populous country in Africa could quickly face an “explosion” of coronavirus cases if those exposed have not been detected quickly.

The country of approximately 190 million inhabitants has officially registered only 51 infections and 1 death to date, but tests are very limited.

3:20 p.m. Disinfection scene in Bangkok Thailand.

The Royal Thai Army disinfects the offices of the Thai Ministry of Transport to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bangkok./ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP
The Royal Thai Army disinfects the offices of the Thai Ministry of Transport to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bangkok./ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP

3.13 p.m. 500,000 tests per week in Germany. Germany has increased the number of Covid-19 screenings to 500,000 a week, this early detection helping in part to keep the death toll relatively low, said a virologist.

“The reason why Germany has so few deaths compared to the number of infected people can be explained by the fact that we do a lot of laboratory diagnostics,” explained Christian Drosten, head of the virology department at Charity hospital in Berlin.

3.10 p.m. In Australia, an ocean liner is ordered to leave. Cruise ship aboard which reports several cases of coronavirus has been ordered to leave Australian waters, a few days after an increase in the number of local contaminations ashore following the disembarkation of passengers last week from another ship that was able to sail freely in Sydney.

3:05 p.m. In the absence of masks, the police unions threaten to suspend the controls. All police unions, all ranks, issued a “solemn warning” to the Minister of the Interior, threatening to suspend the checks due to the lack of masks available to civil servants.

15 hours. The contemporary art fair Art Basel postpones its 2020 edition to September.

2:55 p.m. Hospitals in Marseille anticipate a peak in early April. The third largest hospital group in France, the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Marseille (AP-HM) is expecting “a wave” of coronavirus patients in the coming days, before a peak in early April, when resuscitation care will reach its limits.

“For the moment the solicitation is still below what we expect,” said the director general of the AP-HM, Jean Olivier Arnaud, during a telephone press point. The influx “is likely to start within 72 hours” and reach “its maximum by the end of next week,” he added.

2:50 p.m.

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2:45 p.m. Positive test for a prelate living in the Pope’s residence. An Italian prelate living in Pope Francis’ hotel residence in the Vatican has been infected with coronavirus, but a test on the sovereign pontiff has been negative, Italian media reported.

2:40 p.m. Explosion of unemployment benefit requests in the United States. The number of new unemployed has exploded in the United States, with more than three million new applications for unemployment benefits last week, an unprecedented level, in an economy stopped dead by the coronavirus pandemic.

3.3 million people therefore applied for unemployment benefits for the first time during the week of March 15-21.

2:30 p.m. Vaccination of many children prevented. The coronavirus, which has pushed billions of people into confinement, prevents the vaccination of many children, the consequences appearing to be particularly serious for the poorest of them, who live in countries in conflict or affected by natural disasters, warned UNICEF.

2:25 p.m.

Lungs infected with coronaviruses modeled in 3D

2:20 p.m. Nations more discreet about their crisis management. The first measures to combat Covid-19 only arrive in Russia, India and even Nigeria, countries among the ten most populous in the world.

2:15 p.m. Unesco launches a coalition for 1.5 billion out-of-school youth. International organizations, NGOs, private companies … a great global coalition has been formed to help the 1.5 billion children and students now deprived of schools worldwide due to the pandemic, announced UNESCO.

According to the organization, 87% of the world’s school and student population is affected by school closings due to the coronavirus, or more than 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries.

2:10 p.m. A prison guard died in Orleans. In work stoppage for suspicion of Covid-19, a 54-year-old guard assigned to the Orleans penitentiary center died the night of Wednesday to Thursday at his home, as Le Parisien reveals.

2:05 p.m. Less bandwidth for porn. According to our information, Pornhub and YouPorn reduce the quality of their video streams to 480p by default to free up bandwidth at the request of the French government. France represents the 2nd market of YouPorn and the 5th audience of Pornhub in the world.

1:55 p.m. China is reducing its international air links. China will impose from Sunday a drastic reduction in international flights to the departure or arrival of the country. A Chinese company will now be able to make only one weekly connection from China to a third country. The same goes for foreign companies which will only be able to maintain one service per week to China.

1:45 p.m. Sharp rise in unemployment in the United States. The job market is plummeting in the United States. The United States Department of Labor has just announced, for the week ended March 21, that jobless claims reached the record level of 3.28 million people, up 3 million from the previous week. Finally, the number of unemployed workers receiving benefits for the week ended March 14 was 1.803 million, up 101,000 in just seven days.

1:35 p.m. Lhe Toulon rugby club is launching a kitty for hospitals. RC Toulon launched a kitty with its supporters to “support Toulon hospitals and their nursing staff. To reward the most generous donations (more than 10 euros), the Rouge et Noir club will organize a draw on April 10 where “game jerseys and other accessories will be offered.”

1:25 p.m. Guaranteed jobs and wages at Danone. The Danone group and Nestlé will guarantee to all 100,000 employees worldwide their jobs and their wages for the next three months. In France, the CEO of Danone undertook, in the event of resorting to partial unemployment measures for a disruption in supply in a factory or the inability of people to travel, to cover “the entire income up to the salary.” “

1:20 p.m. The Legion of Honor for caregivers who are victims of Covid-19? Emilie Bonnivard, MP (LR) for Savoy, announced that she had tabled a bill to allocate the Legion of Honor posthumously to all the dead personnel of the Covid-19 by caring for and caring for others.

1:10 p.m. The Bolshoi will broadcast his shows on YouTube. For the first time in its history, the famous Russian Bolshoi Theater announced that it would broadcast its shows on YouTube. From Friday until April 10, six shows will be offered to spectators on the official Bolshoi channel. On the program, the opera Boris Godounov or the ballet of Sleeping Beauty.

13 hours. The Council of State before the fclosing of early markets. The National Federation of the markets seized the Council of State of a summary procedure to contest the closing of the early markets, decided by the government. This request was supported by several professional organizations: the CPME, Saveurs stores (a federation of early vegetables unions), the Federation of cheese makers in France, the Organization of fishmongers in shells of France and the Confederation of traders in France. The Council of State will rule next week.

12:55 p.m. 3,500 partially unemployed employees at SFR. SFR decided to take partial unemployment measures due to the drop in activity. Bouygues also decided to take this measure for 1,650 employees. For the moment, Orange and Free have not made any such announcement.

12:50 p.m. No Pirelli calendar in 2021. This had not happened since 1983. The tire giant has announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition of its famous sexy advertising calendar. Instead Pirelli will donate 100,000 euros to fight the coronavirus.

12:45 p.m. The National Gathering requests a postponement of rents from its offices. The National Rally has asked its federations to negotiate “a postponement” of the payment of rents for its offices, given the party’s financial difficulties and the coronavirus crisis. Marine Le Pen’s party, which wanted to launch a national loan, also saw its membership drop.

12:40 p.m. Pope Francis tested negative. Pope Francis, who celebrated his morning Mass every day in his hotel residence, has been tested negative for the coronavirus, according to two Italian newspapers. According to the Vaticanists, he was the subject of a test on Wednesday after the discovery the same day of a case of contamination of a prelate who has lived in the same residence for years.

12:35 p.m. Hydroalcoholic gel in preparation for Melun. Thanks to the Ricard company, which delivered to it this Thursday a tank of 70,000 liters of alcohol, the Cooper laboratory is launching, in Melun (Seine-et-Marne), the production of 1.8 million liters of hydroalcoholic gel which will be packaged in individual 50 ml bottles for French pharmacies.

12:30 p.m. Wuhan must not lift its blockade too soon. According to a study by the newspaper The Lancet Public Health, continuing containment of Wuhan until April would repel a potential second wave of Covid-19, giving health services more time to recover and develop. “The city must now be very careful to avoid lifting physical distancing measures prematurely, as this could lead to an earlier secondary peak,” said Kiesha Prem, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), who co-led the research.

12:25 p.m. 258,068 cases in Europe. According to the AFP count based on official figures, more than half (74,386) are in Italy, 56,188 in Spain. With at least 14,640 deaths, Europe is the continent most affected by the pandemic, ahead of Asia (100,937 cases including 3,636 deaths).

12:22 p.m. The medicalized TGV is on its way to the west. Leaving Strasbourg around 11:10 am, the medical convoy, carrying 20 patients, follows its route.

VIDEO. Medicalized TGV: 20 patients evacuated from the Grand-Est

12:20 p.m. 500,000 tests per week in Germany. “The reason why Germany has so few deaths compared to the number of people infected can be explained by the fact that we do a lot of laboratory diagnostics […] We carry out half a million tests every week in Germany, ”explains Christian Drosten, virologist and director of the Charity Hospital in Berlin. On Wednesday, the Robert-Koch Institute in Berlin, which references, recorded 31,554 cases but only 149 deaths.

12:10 p.m. Von der Leyen calls for cohesion. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has denounced before Parliament the “initial reflex” of the member states to raise barriers within the EU. “A borderless crisis cannot be resolved by putting barriers between us.” Parliament has to validate three of the emergency measures proposed by the Commission: the temporary suspension of slot rules at airports, the mobilization of € 37 billion in funding and the extension of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover health emergencies.

12:05 p.m. An ice rink transformed into a morgue. In Madrid, an ice rink in a shopping center, the Palacio de Hielo, is used as a mortuary by the regional government. “This is a temporary and extraordinary measure aimed fundamentally at alleviating the pain of the families of the victims and the situation that is happening in the hospitals of Madrid,” said a source in El Pais.

12 hours. Iran has 157 more deaths. A total of 2,234 people died. 29,406 cases of infection have been identified. “Fortunately, to date, 10,457 of those infected have recovered and been able to leave the hospital,” said the spokesman for the Ministry of Health.

11:50 a.m. The balance sheet is increasing in Spain. According to the government, the 4,000 dead mark has been exceeded, with 655 new deaths, while the kingdom has more than 56,000 sick patients.

11.40 a.m. WHO-Europe is seeing “encouraging signs” of improvement in the region. “Although the situation remains very worrying, we are starting to see encouraging signs,” said Hans Kluge at a press conference broadcast online from Copenhagen. Italy, he noted, “has just experienced a slightly lower rate of increase, although it is still too early to say that the pandemic has reached its peak in this country.”

11:30 a.m. South Korea intractable on containment. At least 11 people violated the self-quarantine rules between March 13 and 24. “Foreign nationals will be forcibly repatriated and Korean citizens will be reported to the police for appropriate sanctions, they will lose the financial support given to those who faithfully put in place a 14-day quarantine,” said Yoon Tae-ho, Director General of Public Health Policy at the Ministry of Health.

11:25 a.m. Shanghai is tightening its fortnight. The city of Shanghai, in eastern China, requires from Thursday 14 days of observation to any incoming traveler. Local authorities have so far confined only those arriving from 24 seriously affected countries.

11:20 a.m. Recession announced in Norway. Norway’s $ 930 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, has lost 1.33 billion Norwegian kroner ($ 124 billion) since the start of the year due to the coronavirus.

11.15 a.m. Departure of the medicalized TGV. The first medicalized TGV evacuating coronavirus patients leaves Strasbourg. This medical convoy transports twenty patients, who will be transferred to four hospitals in Pays de la Loire.

11:05 a.m. In London, a “continuous tsunami”. London public hospitals are undergoing an “explosion” in the number of “severely” affected by the coronavirus, it is a “sort of continuous tsunami,” said Chris Hopson, head of the British public health system, on BBC Radio. 4. He also announced that, in certain services, 30, 40 or even 50% of the staff were suffering.

10:55 a.m. Austria will suffer. The Austrian government estimates that the recession due to the epidemic will amount to 2.5% by 2020.

10:50 a.m. Operation stups in Marseille. Wednesday, 4 p.m. (but we don’t know that now), around thirty police officers from the BAC and the BST (specialized field brigade) surrounded the city of Olives, a long building bar in the 13th arrondissement of Marseille . Their mission: to verify the strict application of containment with sellers and buyers of narcotic drugs. No goods were seized, but around fifty minutes, for € 135, were drawn up. Some buyers had their certificate stating that they came for basic necessities.

10:40 a.m. Total curfew extended by two weeks in Iraq. Iraqi authorities extend total curfew for two weeks after new coronavirus killed 29 people and infected nearly 350 others in a country with poor health care. Schools and universities as well as all of the country’s airports also remain closed in Iraq, on the border with Iran, where the virus has already killed more than 2,000 people.

10:32 a.m. The red takes over on the markets. The horizon is darkening for the markets, again in decline, frightened by the relentless spread of the coronavirus all over the world and in particular in the United States, the world’s largest economy. Le rouge a fait son retour en Asie, où Tokyo notamment, après deux séances de gains spectaculaires, a brutalement marqué le pas, face aux craintes croissantes d’une flambée de la maladie dans la capitale japonaise. The little thinning of the past two days in Europe has also been swept away.

10h17. 40 000 nouveaux cas estimés par les généralistes la semaine dernière.

10h11. Angoisse dans camps rohingyas. Accueillant près d’un million de réfugiés, les camps de cette minorité musulmane qui a fui en masse des persécutions birmanes, implantés dans le sud du Bangladesh, font craindre un scénario cauchemar à mesure que la pandémie de coronavirus se rapproche. « Nous sommes extrêmement inquiets. Si le virus arrive ici, il se propagera comme un feu de forêt », explique à l’AFP le leader communautaire rohingya Mohammad Jubayer, qui vit au milieu de collines couvertes de bicoques de bambous et bâches tassées les unes contre les autres.

10h07. Décès de neuf médecins aux Philippines. Neuf médecins sont décédés aux Philippines des suites du coronavirus, a annoncé jeudi le responsable du Conseil national de l’ordre des médecins, au moment où les hôpitaux sont débordés et le personnel médical manque d’équipements de protection. This news raised fears of a health crisis more serious than the assessment communicated by the authorities, of 38 people who died from Covid-19.

9h59. Plus de 24 millions de téléspectateurs pour les annonces de Macron à Mulhouse. Un total de 24,1 millions de téléspectateurs a regardé mercredi soir les déclarations du président depuis Mulhouse, selon les données de Médiamétrie. Cette allocution du président, qui était retransmise en direct sur les chaînes généralistes TF 1, France 2, M 6 et C8, et sur les chaînes d’info BFMTV, LCI, CNews et Franceinfo, a enregistré une part d’audience globale de 77,9 %, toutes catégories de téléspectateurs confondues, selon la société spécialisée dans la mesure d’audience.

9h54. Nouvelles restrictions à Moscou. Du 28 mars au 5 avril, seront fermés « les restaurants, bars, cafés et cantines » ainsi que « les commerces de détail » à l’exception des magasins alimentaires et des pharmacies, annonce sur son blog le maire de la capitale russe, Sergueï Sobianine. « Tout en comprenant les sentiments des croyants moscovites, je leur recommande de s’abstenir de visiter durant cette période les lieux de culte », a-t-il ajouté.

9h43. Le gouvernement veut « un peu de recul » avant de décider de la durée du confinement. Le gouvernement veut évaluer les effets du confinement dans les zones les plus touchées par le coronavirus avant de prendre une décision sur sa durée, promise « dans les tout prochains jours » par Sibeth Ndiaye. « Nous souhaitons avoir une information complète, notamment avec un peu de recul sur les résultats du confinement dans l’Oise, qui a été l’un des premiers départements touchés, avec aussi un retour d’expérience sur ce qui se passe dans le Grand Est », a expliqué la porte-parole sur LCI.

9h26. La Bourse de Paris débute en baisse de 2,25 %. Les investisseurs s’inquiètent de la propagation de l’épidémie de coronavirus aux Etats-Unis, malgré l’adoption mercredi d’un plan de relance historique par le Sénat américain. À 9 heures, l’indice CAC 40 reculait de, à 4 332,79 points. La veille, il avait fini en nette hausse de 4,47 %.

9h21. Le report des J0-2020 devrait coûter cher, selon les organisateurs. Le report des JO-2020 à 2021, au plus tard l’été, représente un défi logistique majeur pour les organisateurs, alors que les nouvelles dates n’ont pas encore été fixées. « Nous devons-nous s’assurer que les problèmes auxquels nous faisons face peuvent être réglés, un par un », a expliqué jeudi le directeur général du comité d’organisation de Tokyo-2020, Toshiro Muto, promettant des décisions « aussi vite que possible ».

9:15 a.m. Un syndicat de police menace de cesser les contrôles de respect des règles du confinement. La décision du ministère de l’Intérieur de donner au personnel soignant son stock de masques FFP2 a mis les syndicats en colère. L’Unsa Police a d’ores et déjà prévenu dans un communiqué qu’il appellera ses troupes à cesser de contrôler les attestations « si les moyens de protection font défaut ».

9h07. Une prime de 1 000 € pour les salariés de Danone sur le terrain. Le PDG du groupe agroalimentaire Emmanuel Faber, annonce sur RTL que les « salariés qui ne sont pas en télétravail » toucheront « une prime de 1 000 € ». Le grand patron promet également que « tous les contrats de travail et les salaires » seraient « garantis pour les trois prochains mois ». « Il n’y aura aucune rupture de contrat de travail », assure-t-il.

8:53 a.m. Ten coronavirus positive inmates. This is what just announced the Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, on France Inter. Some 450 detainees also show symptoms of the disease, but they have not been tested, said the Minister of Justice.

8:41 a.m. A Tour de France behind closed doors? Cette option, la ministre des Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, ne l’a pas exclue mercredi dans une interview à France Blue. It would be a question of maintaining the race, but without spectator at the edge of the roads. “It would not be so damaging since we could [la] follow on television, “said the minister.

8:24 a.m. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs… Any addicts after confinement? “Another aperitif! I’m going to end up alcoholic … “” At work I can’t go down to smoke at the slightest annoyance, in telework I don’t tell you! “Testimonies of the genre are multiplying on social networks, funny or anxious. So, all “addicts” at the end of confinement? Not necessarily, but be careful, say specialists.

8:10 a.m. First death of a constable following the Covid-19. A first gendarme died of the Covid-19 epidemic on Wednesday in his barracks in Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne), announces the national gendarmerie. This gendarmerie non-commissioned officer, who was on sick leave on suspicion of Covid-19, was 51 years old. He was married and the father of three children.

8:06 a.m. The medicalized TGV is about to leave. Les préparatifs pour l’évacuation vers des hôpitaux des Pays de la Loire de 20 patients d’Alsace contaminés par le coronavirus à bord d’un TGV médicalisé – opération inédite en Europe —, commencent en gare de Strasbourg. Shortly after 6 am, the first ambulances arrived on platform 1 of the station where the TGV Duplex medicalized stationed since Wednesday evening.

8h02. Moscow suspends all international flights. La Russie va suspendre tous ses vols internationaux à partir de vendredi minuit (jeudi 22 heures en France), selon un décret du gouvernement. This decree applies to all flights entering and leaving Russian territory, with the exception of special planes chartered to repatriate Russian citizens stranded abroad.

7h45. 35% loss of economic activity in France. According to INSEE, containment measures to combat the coronavirus result in a loss of economic activity of around 35% compared to a “normal week” with a “fairly heterogeneous” effect depending on the sector. The INSEE also estimates that confinement lasting one month would result in 3 points of gross domestic product (GDP) less over a year.

7.40 a.m. The evacuation of patients in the TGV in progress. The medicalized TGV arrived Wednesday evening in Strasbourg station is ready to evacuate twenty Alsatian patients suffering from Covid-19 towards four university hospitals in the west of France. According to DNA, the embarkation of the patients started around 6 am.

7:30 a.m. Spain extends containment. The Spanish Parliament adopted a text overnight bringing 30 days, against 15 days previously, the state of emergency declared in Spain to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The closure of schools, restaurants and most of the shops is thus extended until April 14. The death toll in the country now exceeds, in number of deaths, that of China.

7h25. La Bourse de Tokyo replonge. After two spectacular earnings sessions, the Tokyo Stock Exchange abruptly stalled, as fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the Japanese capital grew, whose residents were asked to avoid travel this weekend . The star index Nikkei finished down 4.51%.

7.15 a.m. Un sommet du G 20 en vidéoconférence. Les dirigeants du G 20 tiennent un sommet virtuel pour coordonner leur réponse à la menace de récession que fait peser le nouveau coronavirus sur l’économie mondiale. U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will join the videoconference chaired by King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

7 hours. All international flights suspended in Russia. The Russian government has announced plans to suspend all scheduled and specially chartered flights to and from Russia from Friday. Russian airlines will still be able to fly abroad to repatriate locals.

6:45 a.m. Chile quarantines Santiago. Chile, where the threshold of a thousand cases of contamination with the new coronavirus has been crossed has announced the placing in quarantine of a large part of its capital. This confinement will take effect this evening and will be applied for a period of seven days.

6:35 a.m. Tests multiplied by five in Belgium. The country wants to increase its screening capacity for Covid-19 disease to 10,000 tests per day, up from around 2,000 currently.

6:30 am. No new cases in China. China has not registered any new cases of local coronavirus contamination, but health authorities have reported an additional 67 imported cases. Six deaths were also recorded, including five in the city of Wuhan, the cradle of the epidemic in China. Sign of this improvement: some airports and stations in the province have reopened. But the schools remain closed for the time being.

6:20 a.m. No work on Sunday for employees of the large distribution. According to our information, the FGTA-FO calls the employees of the large distribution to stay at home Sunday March 29. “Some supermarket chains are still hesitant to close on Sunday because they want to recover even more turnover,” said the union, adding: “in a context of increased workload and lack of staff, make the workers work employees on Sunday makes no sense and increases the danger of contamination. “

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6.15 a.m. “Historical Plan” for the United States. Le Sénat américain a approuvé à l’unanimité un plan « historique » de 2 000 Mds$ pour soutenir la première économie mondiale, asphyxiée par la pandémie de coronavirus qui a déjà fait plus de 1 000 morts aux Etats-Unis. Ce texte inclut environ 500 milliards de prêts et d’aides pour les entreprises et secteurs clé dont près de 30 milliards d’aides au secteur aérien (passagers et fret) mais aussi l’envoi d’aides directes aux Américains, allant jusqu’à 1 200 $ par adulte et 500 par enfant, pour les ménages gagnant moins de 150 000 $ par an. 100 Mds$ sont aussi mobilisés pour les hôpitaux.

6:10 a.m. A medicalized TGV for evacuations. Arrived in Strasbourg, must evacuate today to hospitals in the Pays de la Loire twenty patients infected with the coronavirus in order to relieve the completely saturated Alsatian hospitals.

6 hours. Launch of Operation Resilience. Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday in Mulhouse the launch of Operation Resilience which will mobilize the armed forces to help the population in the face of the pandemic. Distinct from the Sentinel system which mobilizes up to 7,000 soldiers daily against terrorist risk, this new operation “will be entirely devoted to helping and supporting the populations, as well as supporting public services to cope with the epidemic, in mainland France and overseas, “he said.

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