Covid-19: 70,000 dead mark crossed in France

With 196 more deaths to be deplored in the last 24 hours, France becomes the seventh country in the world to surpass the 70,000 death mark.

It is a new symbolic and terrible remedy that has just been achieved. With an additional 196 deaths counted in 24 hours in hospital, according to official government figures, the Covid-19 epidemic has killed 70,142 people since it arrived in France nearly a year ago. It is, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seventh country in the world to exceed this milestone, and the third in Europe after England and Italy.

In detail, 48,783 patients died of coronavirus in hospitals in France, and 21,359 in the country’s Ehpad and EMS.

According to the latest report by Public Health France, 24,985 patients are currently hospitalized, with 1,199 new admissions in the last 24 hours. Including outflows, 58 fewer hospitalizations compared to the previous day’s figures.

This slight decrease is also evident in resuscitation services, where 2,731 people are currently taking, with 188 new entries. That’s nine fewer beds, compared to Friday night’s report.

6 in 10 French people say they are in favor of the vaccine passport

An Ifop poll for Le Parisien shows that the idea of the vaccine passport is making its way into public opinion. The French are rather “for”, at least as far as visits to hospitals and Ehpads are concerned.

France at two speeds, legal difficulties, puzzles in setting up while the majority of French are not yet eligible for the vaccine, etc. The obstacles to establishing a “vaccine passport” – that is, the reservation of access to certain places and the exercise of certain activities to individuals who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 – are as numerous as they are massive. However, the idea is making its way into the minds of the French as shown by the Ifop poll published in its Sunday edition by Le Parisien.

For example, 62% of French people say they are in favour of compulsory vaccination before boarding a flight abroad. Above all, 60% want visits to vulnerable people in hospitals and Ehpads to be the preserve of vaccinated people. A majority – however, 52% lighter – still offer this track for access to public transport.

54% of French people want to get vaccinated

On the other hand, only one in two French people validate it in terms of access to colleges and high schools (for high school students and staff), cinemas, concerts or theatre. 50% of the French support, again, the need for the vaccine for people working in shops, offices, factories and wishing to go there. An almost similar statistic suggests restricting shop attendance to customers who can justify a vaccine: 45%.

Ifop also wanted to question the state of French adherence to the vaccine. It is still progressing: 54% want to get vaccinated, an increase of 15 points since a previous measure on 29 December.

Survey conducted by self-administered online questionnaire from 11 to 12 January 2021 among a sample of 1028 people, representative of the population aged 18 and over residing in metropolitan France.

No reopening of restaurants before April? Toques Blanches president calls on government to “give a date”

Chef Christophe Marguin said on BFM Lyon on Friday that bars and restaurants will have to wait until April 6, according to a date announced by the trade unions of the profession.

To have a drink in a bar or to have a meal in the restaurant, you’ll have to wait a little longer. First announced at the end of January, their reopening was postponed by the authorities, who did not release a new date. But according to chef Christophe Marguin, it is not expected to take place until April.

“We have been given a date that is April 6,” the president of The Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, who was invited to BFM Lyon, said on Friday, assuring that he kept the information “from the unions working with the state”.

Christophe Marguin wants an official announcement

“We were made to understand that the state wanted to block the February holidays” as well as the “Easter weekend (…) where there could be big movements” of population, explains the Lyon chief, who is also very skeptical of ski resorts. “The mountain makes them believe they will reopen but they will never open, it is not possible,” he said.

Christophe Marguin regrets above all that the government does not give an official date. “They know where they’re going (…) No one wants to talk everyone says, ‘Yes we know that but…'” laments the president of Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises.

No date announced according to the Umih

“Tell us the truth,” he continues, “that’s all we ask, that we’re given a date, that we’re told. We know it now, we were passed on indirectly.”

“Bruno Le Maire has not given us any reopening date,” said Ophelia Rota, spokesperson for the Union of Trades and Hospitality Industries (Umih), contacted by BFM Business. The first professional organization of hotels, cafes and restaurants is careful not to put forward a date that, in any case, could be postponed in the event of another epidemic peak.

By Benjamin Rieth
Journalist BFM Regions

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