If the French were hoping for a return to normal with the imminent arrival of spring, that seems damn compromised. In France, the situation “is degrading” and “is very worrying in ten departments “, according to government spokesman Gabriel Attal, who spoke on the subject on Wednesday. New measures could therefore be taken. Prime Minister Jean Castex will speak at the end of Thursday afternoon.
After the Alpes-Maritimes, the city of Dunkirk (North) is in turn already subject to local containment during weekends from this weekend. Measures taken while“one in a hundred” falls ill every week in this town in the north of France.
The numbers of hospitalizations and patients in intensive care were stable on Wednesday, at a high level, according to data published by Public Health France. 278 patients died on Wednesday (314 Tuesday), bringing the total number of deaths caused by the epidemic in France to 85,321.
Easing in Denmark and Switzerland
The sky is clearing, however in Denmark. After reopening primary schools in early February, the country is easing its semi-confinement introduced in December. Non-essential shops of less than 5,000 m2 located outside shopping malls will be able to reopen, as will middle and high schools in the west of the country.
Also easing in Swiss from March 1st. Shops, museums, libraries and outdoor sports facilities will be able to reopen. And outdoor meetings with a maximum capacity of 15 people will be allowed. If the situation evolves positively, indoor sport could be authorized from March 22, and restaurant terraces could reopen.
In Spain, the state of health alert is scheduled to last until May 9. A situation which will therefore continue to be difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as for the self-employed. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced new aid to them on Wednesday.
“11 billion euros will be distributed to help them strengthen the solvency of their balance sheets, and so that they can resume their activity, make the necessary investments and hire the workers they need to start the recovery”, he said on Wednesday.
The Czech Republic will also tighten restrictions to avoid “catastrophe”. If the details have not been disclosed, they should be as strict as in March 2020. And for good reason, the Czech Republic is the country of the European Union which records the highest number of cases of Covid-19 per million inhabitants.
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