“Closing schools is the solution of reason” affirms Jean-Michel Blanquer

7:58 am: Jean-Michel Blanquer defends the government’s choice to close schools

“We have found a path of balance, we have taken the necessary measures,” Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, told RTL this Thursday morning.

Closing schools is the solution of reason … a little parenthesis in this school year … with all that we have done, the French student will have had the least abnormal school year possible in the world.

“We saved the essential. By making this break time a vacation time. The goal was a fully successful school year. Having been to school from September to the end of March is already a success. “, he justified, defending the government’s strategy of keeping schools open as long as possible.

7:29 am: In Hungary, the media demand access to hospitals

Independent Hungarian media published an open letter on Wednesday asking Viktor Orban’s government for access to hospitals and medical staff, denouncing an “obstruction” as the country suffers a third wave of murder.

7:28 am: Unlike France, shops reopen in Greece

Greece has announced that it will reopen most of its businesses and ease restrictions on leisure.

11 billion

Bercy has estimated the cost of this reconfinement at 11 billion euros per month.

The extension of business closures to the whole of the territory will increase the number of closed establishments from 90,000 to 150,000, while the total cost of aid and compensation to businesses increases to 11 billion euros per month, said the Ministry of the Economy.

This sum includes the total cost of the solidarity fund, partial unemployment for the State and exemptions from social contributions, including for establishments which remain open but are strongly impacted by the crisis.

7:17 a.m .: Another economic blow

The closure of non-essential businesses throughout France, announced Wednesday evening by Emmanuel Macron, is a new blow to the economic world, which immediately expressed its concerns. “This new confinement will be terrible for all the closed sectors”, reacted in a tweet the president of Medef Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux. “It must be the last. Let’s open them all on May 15,” he added, referring to Emmanuel Macron’s promise to begin on that date with the gradual reopening of the country. A total of 150,000 non-essential businesses will close.

7:10 am: A first outing for Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of England Elizabeth II, 94, made her first trip outside Windsor Castle on Wednesday since her vaccination against Covid-19.

6:29 am: After the breakdown of its website, the SNCF wants to be reassuring

The trains will run as planned during the Easter weekend, assured the SNCF, while its site was difficult to access due to a very high demand after the presidential address.

6:26 am: The advanced curfew in Guadeloupe

The situation in Guadeloupe facing the coronavirus epidemic remains stable, but still at a high level, forcing local authorities to bring forward the curfew time in force in this overseas territory for Easter, the latter announced on Wednesday. .

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From this Saturday evening, travel will be limited to 10 km around his home for all French people living in the metropolitan area.

5:55 am: Jean Castex speaks in Parliament this Thursday

Prime Minister Jean Castex will defend the measures announced by Emmanuel Macron this Thursday and provide details by addressing both chambers of Parliament, before a debate followed by a vote.

“This debate will be held in the morning in the National Assembly and then in the Senate in the afternoon,” said Matignon, adding that it was carried out on the basis of article 50-1 of the Constitution which does not does not engage the responsibility of the government.

5:53 am: The massacre in Brazil

Brazil experienced its deadliest month since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March with more than 66,000 deaths, twice as many as the worst month so far, that of July 2020. “We have not had it. never seen in the history of Brazil a single event killing so many people in 30 days “, declared Miguel Nicolelis, coordinator of the Scientific Committee formed by the States of the North-East of Brazil against the pandemic.

“We are at the worst time, with records of deaths and contaminations, which signals that April will still be very bad,” said epidemiologist Ethel Maciel, professor at the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES). Brazilian hospitals are almost saturated. In several states, healthcare workers have already started allocating intensive care beds to those patients who are most likely to survive.

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5:50 am: More than 5,000 Covid-19 patients in intensive care

The health situation has been deteriorating for several weeks, with more than 5,000 patients currently in intensive care, beyond the peak of the second wave in November, putting hospitals under great strain.

In addition, more than 59,000 contaminations were identified in 24 hours Wednesday evening.

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5:47 am: A new turn of the screw against the epidemic

President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday the extension to the entire metropolitan territory of measures to fight against Covid, as well as the closure for three weeks of nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools and for four weeks of colleges and high schools, in order to try to stem the third wave of the disease.

In addition to the curfew in effect from 7 p.m., these measures provide for the closure of certain businesses – a total of 150,000 with a cost of aid to businesses which now amounts to 11 billion euros per month -, and travel restrictions within a radius of 10 km. Two weeks of closure of schools will correspond to spring holidays.

“The success of this strategy depends on each of us, on our spirit of responsibility,” insisted Emmanuel Macron during a 24-minute televised address.

What to remember from Wednesday

  • Faced with the third wave, Emmanuel Macron spoke on television on Wednesday evening. The President of the Republic announced several measures, in particular the extension to the entire metropolitan territory of the restrictions already in place in 19 departments, as well as the closure of schools and nurseries for three weeks, and four weeks for middle and high schools.
  • After the death of a 63-year-old man in Haute-Savoie and a 24-year-old medical student in Loire-Atlantique, a 38-year-old woman died of thrombosis in Toulouse, 14 days after the injection of one dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • Experts investigating suspected links between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots have not found specific risk factors, including age, but are continuing their analyzes, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said.
  • Pfizer / BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is 100% effective in adolescents aged 12 to 15, according to clinical trial results.

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