Coronavirus: “The Strictest” Lockdown Extended Until May 11 In France

April 13, 2020
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Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French on Monday evening for the fourth time since the start of the health crisis. The President of the Republic noted that “the epidemic is starting to slow down” in France and announced the extension of the confinement until Monday, May 11.

The head of state addressed the French again on Monday, April 13, while the Covid-19 killed 14,967 people in France. To detail how the government is managing the health crisis due to the coronavirus and how it intends to leave the country, the President of the Republic spoke on many subjects.

Prolonged containment

Marked an epidemic which ” begins to mark time “, the President of the Republic announced that ” the strictest confinement must still continue until Monday, May 11 “.

As of May 11, nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will gradually reopen their doors. However, special rules will be put in place. Regarding graduate studies, classes will not resume ” physically ” before the summer. Places open to the public, including bars, restaurants, hotels or museums, will remain closed ” at this stage “, announced the president. There will be no festivals ” before mid-July “.

Deconfinement

Generalized tests, monitoring, and isolation of contaminated people, the President of the Republic have started to detail how the deconfinement will be implemented. If the life of the French can partially resume its course, the borders with non-European countries will remain closed ” until further notice “.

From May 11, the use of the mask ” general public ” could become ” systematic “, says the president and the country will be ” able to test anyone with symptoms “.

To clarify all the modalities of deconfinement, within 15 days, the government will present the plan for ” after May 11 “. ” We must proceed with calm and courage, ” said Emmanuel Macron, referring to the risk of a second wave.

The moment has revealed flaws, inadequacies

Emmanuel Macron also admitted ” shortcomings “. ” Were we prepared for this crisis? Obviously not enough but we have faced, “recognized the president raising the subject of blouses, hydroalcoholic gel or masks.

” From the moment these problems were identified, we mobilized to produce and acquire the necessary equipment ,” added Emmanuel Macron, however. He also recalled, as in his previous speech, that the executive will draw ” all the consequences ” of this crisis.

Economic aid

To help those most affected by the confinement, the President of the Republic declared that economic aid will be paid ” without delay ” to single people, with children. Aid is also provided for precarious students.

Specific aid will also be paid to sectors particularly affected by containment such as tourism or the hotel industry. Regarding partial unemployment measures, which today affect more than eight million employees, they will be ” extended and strengthened ” assured Emmanuel Macron.

For Africa, Emmanuel Macron advocated a massive cancellation of the debt of the countries of the continent to help them fight the pandemic.

Previous speeches

During his previous speeches, in addition to measures to limit travel, close businesses, and containment, Emmanuel Macron had already made several announcements. He had notably announced on March 25, during a speech at the military campaign hospital installed in eastern France, the use of the army in the context of Operation “Resilience”. A ” massive plan ” for the hospital was also promised by the executive after the crisis ended.

The objective of these speeches is also, for Emmanuel Macron as for the government, to regain the confidence of the French in their management of the crisis, which has significantly declined in the past two weeks. According to a Label poll, however, it experienced a slight increase of 2 points on Wednesday, April 8. 43% of French people say they trust the president to ” effectively fight the coronavirus epidemic “.

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