France – World | Coronavirus: “One dead every four minutes”, according to Olivier Veran


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– For the first time in France, a 16-year-old girl died from covid-19. The country registered 365 new deaths in a single day, a record.

– The pandemic has already killed more than 23,000 people around the world, including more than 15,000 in Europe, straining the health systems of even the most seasoned countries. Over half a million people have been officially tested positive for covid-19.

– The death toll stands at more than 8,000 dead in Italy, 4,000 in Spain, and 1,700 in France. In the United Kingdom, where caregivers speak of a “tsunami” of patients, the death toll has increased from 115 dead to 578 deaths.

– France proceeded on Thursday to a first unprecedented evacuation of patients with Covid-19 aboard a medicalized TGV departing from Strasbourg to hospitals in Pays-de-la-Loire to relieve the intensive care services of the Grand Est .

– According to the WHO, there are, however, “encouraging signs” of a slowdown in the new coronavirus on the European continent despite the still serious situation.

– The G20, during a videoconference meeting, promised to make a “common front” against the virus, by injecting 5000 billion dollars into the economy.

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11.53 p.m .: The actor Mark Blum carried away by the coronavirus. Mark Blum died at the age of 69 from his coronavirus infection. Revealed in the cinema by “Desperately looking for Susan” then “Crocodile Dundee”, the one who has all his life stepped on the Broadway stage had also appeared in the hit series “You”, on Netflix, with Joe Goldberg.

He joins the already long list of celebrities who have died from the coronavirus, such as saxophonist Manu Dibango, playwright Terrence McNally or even former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz.

11:20 p.m .: 1.6 million employees partially unemployed. The Minister of Labor, Muriel Penicaud, said Thursday evening that 150,000 companies had entered the short-time working scheme, for 1.6 million workers, since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

In 24 hours, this figure is up 50% for companies and 30% for employees, she said.

11:02 p.m .: “One dead every four minutes”. According to the Minister of Health Olivier Veran, guest this Thursday evening of the program “Vous vous la parole”, the coronavirus caused today in France “one death every four minutes”.

The toll increased considerably on Thursday, with 365 more dead, including a 16-year-old girl in Île-de-France.

Olivier Veran recalled the gravity of the disease and the speed of its spread, to justify in particular the measures taken.

10:50 p.m .: Battered women, go to the pharmacy. An alert system for women victims of violence by their spouses will be set up in pharmacies during this period of confinement, Christophe Castaner announced on Thursday evening.

Asked about France 2, the Minister of the Interior noted that the containment put in place since March 17 to stem the coronavirus epidemic had resulted in an increase in domestic violence.

“In the gendarmerie zone”, this violence increased by “32% in one week”, he said, and in the area of ​​the Paris police prefecture, it increased by “36% in one week “.

10:14 p.m .: Ultimatum of 27. The 27 members of the European Union give the Eurogroup a fortnight for an economic response.

The Eurogroup brings together finance ministers from all the countries of the European Union.

After more than six hours of discussion by videoconference, the heads of state and government of the 27 EU countries have reached agreement on a draft joint declaration to tackle the crisis caused by the virus, added the same. sources. Italy had threatened to block the summit if it did not get a more robust response than that envisaged.

10:13 p.m .: 225,000 verbalizations. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced this Thursday evening that more than 225,000 people were fined in France for non-compliance with confinement.

10:02 p.m .: New medical evacuation in Mulhouse Friday. A fourth airborne medical evacuation will be organized Friday by the armed forces to transfer patients suffering from the coronavirus from Mulhouse to Bordeaux, announced on Thursday evening the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly.

Six patients will be transferred to the Bordeaux University Hospital, it was confirmed by those around him. The aircraft will connect Mulhouse from the Istres military base beforehand.

8:54 p.m .: Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 will remain qualified for 2021.

8:37 p.m .: Rome blocks the EU summit and calls for stronger measures.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte does not “accept the plan” at a video conference summit to find a common economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Italian government sources.

Italy wants the European Union to acquire “innovative financial instruments truly suited to war”. In this response to the economic catastrophe that threatens the EU, the proponents of greater financial solidarity, the countries of the south, less virtuous in budgetary matters, and those of the north, confront each other.

8:31 p.m .: “Success” for the medicalized TGV. The train that evacuated 20 patients from the Grand Est to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire region arrived well, after 900 km, two stops and less than 7 hours of travel.

“Everything went well,” assured the SNCF. The Director General of Health Jerôme Salomon hailed a success for a new measure.

7:36 p.m .: 365 more deaths in France in 24 hours, including a 16-year-old girl.

This is the largest increase in mortality ever recorded in France due to coronavirus.

The total balance, this Thursday evening, rose to almost 1,700 dead, with 1,696 deaths, up almost 30% compared to Wednesday.

A young girl just 16 years old died of coronavirus in Île-de-France, she is the youngest patient to die from this cause in France.

According to Jerôme Salomon, Director General of Health, 3,375 patients are now in intensive care (+548 in one day) with a severe form of the disease out of a total of 13,904 (+ 2,365) patients hospitalized in France.


7:35 p.m .: 662 more dead in Italy, more than 8,000 in total. 662 people have died of coronavirus in Italy in the past 24 hours, according to civil protection, bringing the number of victims to 8,165 in the country since the start of the epidemic.

In addition, 80,539 cases of contamination have been reported since the start of the epidemic. Of these, 62,013 people are currently tested positive for covid-19.

7:34 p.m .: Seven cases on a liner in Saint-Nazaire. Seven of the approximately 1,400 crew members confined to the Celebrity Apex liner at Saint-Nazaire tested positive for Covid-19.

7:32 p.m .: 28,800 masks seized and handed over to the ARS. Police seized 28,800 masks from a store in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis) which were handed over to the Regional Health Agency for redistribution to the department’s health services.

Two people were taken into custody and released, and a preliminary investigation was opened.

7:05 p.m .: Didier Raoult thanks Olivier Veran.

While the bubbling professor Didier Raoult went it alone by administering chloroquine to “his” patients at the IHU in Marseille, he welcomed this Thursday the decision of the Minister of Health Olivier Veran to offer this molecule for patients with coronavirus .

‘As part of the health emergency, hydroxychloroquine may be prescribed to treat covid-19. Thanks to Olivier Veran for listening, “wrote the professor on Twitter.

6.39 p.m .: Over 15,000 dead in Europe.

A total of 15,500 deaths have been recorded in Europe, the majority in Italy (8,165) and Spain (4,089), countries most affected by the covid-19 pandemic, as well as in France (1,331). With 268,191 officially declared cases of contamination, Europe is the continent where the pandemic is progressing most rapidly.

6:25 p.m .: The 500 Miles of Indianapolis postponed to August 23 because of the coronavirus.

5.44 p.m.5: Four months firm for the leader of a mutiny. A prisoner in Nice, who had encouraged a protest movement on Sunday against the suspension of visiting rooms and sanitary conditions in prison during the coronavirus epidemic, was sentenced to 4 months in prison.

5:12 p.m .: South Africa soon confined.

South Africa is preparing to join the 3 billion humans on the planet already called to stay at home on Thursday night to try to stem the continuing coronavirus epidemic.

The most industrialized country in Africa is by far the most affected by Covid-19 on the continent, with 927 cases officially identified since the virus appeared in China in December. No deaths have been recorded so far.

4:44 p.m .: The Legion of Honor for the dead of Covid-19?

Emilie Bonnivard, MP (LR) for Savoy, has tabled a bill to assign the Legion of Honor posthumously to all personnel who died from Covid-19 while caring for and caring for others.

“Like all French people, at my small level, I am on my balcony at 8 pm to applaud them. It would be good if this popular recognition translates into the highest recognition of the Nation towards those who give their lives,” said the member, who was sick herself.

4:41 p.m .: More than 1000 dead in the United States, unemployment explodes.

The balance sheet of the pandemic crossed the symbolic threshold of 1000 deaths on American soil, with 1046 deaths. The death toll in New York soared more than 100 dead, reaching 385 dead in that city alone.

On the employment front, the health crisis is beginning to show its devastating effects. The number of new weekly unemployed has reached an unprecedented level: 3.3 million first applications … against 300,000 the previous week.

4:37 p.m .: In Tunisia, workers confined … to work.

Confined, yes … but at work: in a Tunisian factory, 150 people, workers for the most part, have locked themselves up with enough to live in near self-sufficiency, in order to continue to make masks and protections for the caregivers fighting against new coronavirus.


4.30 p.m .: China will close its borders.

China, the birthplace of the new coronavirus, will temporarily close its borders to foreigners with valid visas or residence permits, due to covid-19, according to the Foreign Ministry.

3.52pm: The G20 will inject $ 5,000 billion into the global economy.

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The G20 countries, meeting in videoconference, announced to make “common front” facing the coronavirus pandemic.

3:37 p.m .: The government oversees the delivery of chloroquine. A decree published this Thursday limits the issuance of Plaquenil, a drug based on hydroxychloroquine, in pharmacies with its strict medical indications (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and in the prevention of lucitis – sun allergies) and prohibits the export of specialties containing hydroxychloroquine or the combination lopinavir / ritonavir, antivirals also tested against Covid-19.

As an exception, this medication may be prescribed “under the responsibility of a doctor for patients affected by Covid-19”.

3:07 p.m .: Hospitals in Marseille are anticipating a peak in the epidemic in early April. The third hospital group in France, the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Marseille (AP-HM) says that it is indeed expecting “a wave” of coronavirus patients in the coming days, before a peak in early April, when resuscitation will reach his limits.

15:01: Art Basel, one of the largest contemporary art fairs in the world, which is held each year in June in Basel, Switzerland, announced Thursday the postponement of its 2020 edition to September 15 and 16 due to the Covid pandemic -19.

2:11 p.m .: King Salman of Saudi Arabia calls on G20 members for an “effective and coordinated response” to deal with the pandemic at the virtual day summit of the world’s 20 largest economic powers.

1:52 p.m .: The French agrifood group Danone announced on Thursday that it would “guarantee” the jobs and wages of all its employees worldwide for three months in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, and the Swiss Nestle has taken similar measures.

1:48 p.m .: A prison guard at Orleans-Sarann ​​Prison, who had been confined to his home for a few days on suspicion of Covid-19, died overnight Wednesday to Thursday.

1:36 p.m .: China is imposing a drastic reduction in international flights.

1:06 p.m. : The National Federation of Markets of France has seized the Council of State of an interim measure to contest the closure of early markets, decided by the government. The country’s highest administrative court will rule on the request next week. The three main agricultural unions in particular denounced the measure.

12:44 p.m. : “The increase in the number of cases in Italy, the hardest hit country in the world with more than 7,500 deaths, seems to be slowing down but it is still too early to say that the pandemic has reached its peak in this country” estimates the organization World Health Organization (WHO).

12:28 p.m .: More than 250,000 cases of new coronavirus have been officially diagnosed in Europe, more than half of them in Italy (74,386) and Spain (56,188), according to a count by the AFP on Thursday.

12:14 p.m .: Germany has increased the number of Covid-19 screenings to 500,000 per week.

12:01 p.m .: All police unions of all ranks issued a “solemn warning” to the Minister of the Interior about the lack of masks available to officials, threatening to suspend the controls.

11.53 a.m .: WHO’s “encouraging signs”

There are encouraging signs of a slowdown in the new coronavirus on the European continent despite the still serious situation

11.49 a.m .: In Spain, the death toll is over 4,000 dead.

11:09 a.m .: The medicalized TGV, evacuating coronavirus patients, left Strasbourg to join the hospitals of Pays de la Loire.

11:02 am: London hospitals are facing a “tsunami” of “critically ill” patients, according to hospital departments.

10.44 am: 157 new deaths have been recorded in Iran bringing the official death toll to 2,234.

10.32 am: At least 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed by general practitioners last week in France.

9:43 a.m .: Emmanuel Macron’s announcements live from Mulhouse on Wednesday evening were followed by 24.1 million viewers according to Mediametrie.

8:48 a.m .: “The worst is yet to come,” said Professor Gilles Pialoux, head of the infectious diseases department of Tenon Hospital (APHP) on BFMTV.

8:12 am: A first gendarme died on Wednesday of the Covid-19 suites in his barracks in Maisons-Alfort. He was 51 years old.

7:31 a.m .: According to INSEE, a month of confinement would translate into 3 points of GDP less over a year. The loss of economic activity is currently estimated at 35%.

7:29 a.m .: The Tokyo Stock Exchange relapses. Star index Nikkei, which gained 8% on Wednesday and more than 7% on Tuesday, finished down 4.51%.

7:06 a.m .: Moscow suspends all international flights from midnight.

TGV medicalized: a first
A medicalized TGV, arrived in Strasbourg, must evacuate this Thursday to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire (Angers, Le Mans, Nantes, La Roche-sur-Yon) twenty patients infected with the coronavirus in order to relieve Alsatian hospitals totally saturated.

Boarding of the sick began at around 6 a.m. The TGV should leave Strasbourg at 11 a.m.

In each car, the medical team consists of a doctor anesthetist-resuscitator, an intern, a nurse anesthetist and three nurses.

Patients must be installed in five cars, four per lower room, the upper ones being used for the movement of materials and nursing staff.

A classic train was coupled to the medical train, in order to face possible hazards, such as a collision with game.

6:46 am: An Italian prelate living in the same hotel complex as Pope Francis, in Vatican City, tested positive for the new coronavirus and was hospitalized.

6:30 am: G20 leaders are meeting urgently this Thursday to try to provide a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic.

6:29 am: The United States Senate overwhelmingly approved a “historic” $ 2,000 billion plan to support the economy.

6:26 am: In the United States, the Covid-19 has killed more than 1,000 people. Nearly 70,000 people are infected.

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Wednesday’s summary
– From Mulhouse, Emmanuel Macron has promised a “massive investment plan” for the hospital, on the front line in the face of the “rapid aggravation” of the coronavirus epidemic, which has killed more than 1,300 people in France, a balance sheet multiplied by five in a week.

– The president also launched Operation Resilience: the armies will intensify their efforts to come to the aid of the populations in terms of health and logistics, especially in the overseas territories.

– The government will announce “in a few days” the probable extension of the confinement, said government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.

– The pandemic has killed more than 20,000 people worldwide, while more than three billion people are confined.

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