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France should be deconfined on May 2

At the end of the defense council, the government confirmed its intention to gradually lift the health restrictions. Despite a fragile decline in the epidemic, the executive is banking on the acceleration of vaccination.

At the end of the defense council, the government confirmed its intention to gradually lift the health restrictions. Despite a fragile decline in the epidemic, the executive is banking on the acceleration of vaccination.

(AFP) – It is confirmed: in ten days, the French will no longer need a certificate to travel more than 10 kilometers from home. From May 2, health measures should be gradually lifted, the government assured after the defense council on Wednesday.

As in the Grand Duchy, bars and restaurants should be able to reopen their terraces from mid-May. Non-food businesses and places of culture should follow, with reduced gauges. Territorial adaptations are being studied, with a floor level of 35% in places of cultivation, which would vary depending on the circulation of the virus.

The executive also plans to possibly ease the curfew, and is considering massively deploying self-tests in schools. Elementary students must return to class on April 26, and middle and high school students on May 3.

This gradual lifting of restrictions reflects the government’s conviction that the number of infections will fall to around 20,000 per day within a month and that the target of 20 million vaccinated with at least one dose, scheduled for mid-May, will be reached.

Yet across the country, “it appears that we could be at the peak of the epidemic, or close to being,” said French government spokesman Gabriel Attal after the defense councils and ministers. . “At this stage the virus is receding half as quickly as in November”, and “hospital pressure remains extremely strong”, underlined the spokesperson for the executive, pointing to significant territorial disparities.

If for five days, the number of new daily infections “has decreased slightly” according to the French Minister of Health Olivier Véran, some 35,000 new contaminations were listed on Wednesday, according to Public Health France. “The descent is not yet fast enough”, warns Olivier Véran, speaking of a “fragile” situation. The tension on the health system is not weakening: France had 30,954 hospitalized patients, including almost 6,000 in intensive care.


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