70 dead in 24 hours, weakest record since March 17

Several European countries live on Sunday their last day of confinement while dreading a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 4 million people and is progressing inexorably in certain parts of the world.

Four million infected in four months, and above all more than 277,000 deaths: this is the heavy toll of Covid-19 disease since its appearance at the end of December in central China, according to the global count carried out by AFP from sources official Saturday evening. And these figures are probably much lower than the reality.

The United States is the country most heavily affected by the pandemic with 78,746 deaths. Follow the United Kingdom with 31,587 dead, Italy (30,395), Spain (26,478) and France (26,310), according to the AFP count.

In total, less 4,001,437 cases of infection, including 277,127 deaths, were identified. Brazil has crossed the threshold of 10,000 coronavirus deaths, becoming the sixth country where the pandemic has so far killed the most, according to data released Saturday by the Ministry of Health. Authorities have registered 10,627 deaths and 155,939 confirmed cases of Covid-19 contamination, figures which, however, according to the scientific community, could be 15 or even 20 times higher in reality. Because Brazil practices very few tests.

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7 p.m .: 70 dead in 24 hours in France, weakest record since confinement

The coronavirus epidemic has caused the death of 70 people in the last 24 hours in France, the lowest daily toll since the start of confinement on March 17, said Sunday the Directorate General of Health, the day before the start of the deconfinement of the population.

The total balance since March 1 now amounts to at least 26,380 deaths, while the pressure on hospital emergency services is still reducing, with 36 patients less, for a total of 2,776 severe cases in intensive care, according to the DGS daily review. Hospitals recorded 16,642 deaths (+69) and social and medico-social establishments, including nursing homes hit hard by the epidemic, 9,738 (+1).

A total of 22,569 people remained hospitalized (-45) for a coronavirus infection. “Our efforts were effective during the containment which saved thousands of lives, they must continue to help us succeed in this new phase”, underlined the DGS in its daily press release, noting that “the epidemic is still active

5:55 p.m. Paris and The Hague urge EU to be intractable on trade

France and the Netherlands have joined forces to urge the European Union to be more intractable in terms of environmental and social standards when it negotiates trade treaties with other countries, we read in documents seen by Reuters.

This joint initiative comes at a time when the EU is seeking to conclude a new trade treaty with Britain, which formally left the EU on January 31.

The involvement of the Netherlands, traditionally champions of free trade, alongside France underlines an evolution in European thinking – especially caused by the epidemic of the new coronavirus – with a greater emphasis placed on the protection of the industry and jobs, said a French diplomat.

The protectionist attitude of the United States under the Trump administration and China's growing desire to assert itself on the world stage have also helped to influence European positions on free trade.

The EU should, when it is “relevant”, condition the lowering of customs tariffs on the implementation of measures in favor of sustainable development and provide for sanctions if these measures are not respected, we read in the Franco-Dutch document sent to the 25 other members of the EU.

5.30 p.m. Companies can pay the “sustainable mobility package”

As of Monday, companies will have the possibility of setting up a “sustainable mobility package” to encourage their employees to go to work by bicycle or carpooling, according to a decree published on Sunday.

“Private employers are called upon to put in place as of now this aid of up to 400 euros per year per employee, exempt from tax and social security contributions,” said the Ministry of Ecological Transition in a press release.

According to the decree coming into force on Monday, the measure concerns travel with his personal bicycle (electrically assisted or not), carpooling as a driver or passenger, but also “shared mobility services” such as bikes, scooters or scooters electric vehicles made available on public roads, with or without a terminal, or car sharing provided that the vehicles are “low emission”.

The package “replaces the kilometric bicycle allowance set up to date, but the decree provides for the continuation of this support when it is in force in companies and provided for in existing salary agreements”, specifies the ministry. .

“The package can be combined with the employer's participation in the public transport subscription,” added the ministry.

5.05 p.m. Greece extends confinement of migrant camps

Greece announced on Sunday that it would extend the confinement imposed on migrant camps since March, which was originally to be lifted on Monday, until May 21.

“The containment measures for people living in migrant camps and reception centers in Greece are extended until May 21,” the ministry of immigration and asylum said in a statement.

The ministry did not explain why this decision was made, six days after the start of the relaxation of restrictive measures imposed in the country to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

In the whole of Greece, 2,710 cases of coronavirus were recorded and 151 deaths.

4.46 p.m. Screening campaign after 4 positive tests in Vendée

Four employees tested positive for Covid-19 in an agrifood company in Vendée where a screening campaign is underway, announced Sunday the prefecture and the Regional Health Agency (ARS) in a joint statement. These four contaminated employees were part of an initial group of 261 employees tested on Saturday by an approved laboratory. “A second series of approximately 400 samples (personnel remaining) will take place this Monday, May 11 in the company. The State services and the ARS are in constant contact with the management of the company to determine preventive measures necessary for this situation, “the statement said. “Each person tested positive will be subject to isolation and support by the health authorities,” said the text.

Given the incubation period of the virus, “the work of identifying risky contact subjects starts this Sunday, May 10. It will be carried out by the ARS, in close collaboration with the occupational physician and the managers of the 'business,' said the statement. “Anyone considered as such as a” contact subject “will also be tested and invited to isolate themselves pending the results,” state the prefecture and the ARS. The company concerned, Arrivé, is a poultry slaughterhouse located in Essarts-en-Bocage. Arrived, whose flagship brand is Maître Coq, is a subsidiary of the LDC group from Sarthe.

4:10 p.m. Iran warns of resurgence of epidemic

Iranian authorities warned on Sunday of a resurgence of the epidemic of new coronavirus in the country, almost a month after authorizing the gradual reopening of shops and the return to work. They have reinstated travel restrictions in the province of Khuzestan (southwest), reversing a reduction in measures decided on April 11 to revive the economy of the country, the most affected by the pandemic in the Near and Middle East.

“The situation should in no case be considered normal,” health ministry spokesman Kianouche Jahanpour said on state television, recalling that the virus was still present in Iran. With 51 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the official national death toll has reached 6,640, said Jahanpour.

3:39 p.m. “The French are not children”, says Ndiaye

The French are not children “and” we can trust them “, estimated on Sunday the government spokeswoman, Sibeth Ndiaye, on the eve of the start of the deconfinement, which multiplies the health questions, especially in transport and at school. “Confidence does not exclude control, but the French are not children, they also have the same will as anyone to protect themselves to protect others,” explained Ms. Ndiaye on BFMTV, while the government is sometimes accused of infantilizing the French in this crisis. “I think we can trust (the French) and not be systematically infantilizing, the Fouettard fathers”, a- she insisted.

According to the spokeswoman, “we have for several weeks, alongside the head of government, Édouard Philippe, done everything to make this deconfinement possible from (Monday), it is a new stage which opens” . Regarding the new screening strategy, Ms. Ndiaye said that 700,000 tests would be available per week.

Regarding the StopCovid contact tracing application, which must be operational on June 2, she estimated “that the French will be grateful to us for having taken the maximum precautions so that this application meets both sanitary needs and (qu 'it) protect our personal data “. Government spokeswoman said “it is important that there can be a public political debate on the subject, that we are certain that it works from a technical point of view and that it answers all questions of freedom public “.

3:03 p.m. Brussels threatens Germany with legal action

European Commission President threatens Germany with possible legal action following very critical Supreme Court judgment against ECB, which countries like Poland now want to use in their showdown with EU institutions EU. “I take this very seriously,” said Ursula von der Leyen in a written response to a question from the European Parliament's elected German environmentalist Sven Giegold, who posted the letter on Sunday on his twitter account.

Because the German supreme court, in a resounding judgment last week, has both criticized the European Central Bank's aid policy for the euro zone via the massive repurchase of public debt, but also at the same time challenged a judgment of the European Court of Justice validating the action of the monetary institute. German constitutional judges have issued a three-month ultimatum to the ECB to show that its policy of economic support has more advantages than disadvantages.

“I can guarantee you: monetary policy in the Union is an exclusive competence, European law prevails over national law”, replied Mrs von der Leyen, who before going to Brussels was German Minister for Defense.

2:32 p.m. Castaner makes “the bet of intelligence and understanding”

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Sunday that he “wagered on the intelligence and understanding” of the French for the first phase of deconfinement which begins on Monday.

Guest of “Political questions” of France Inter / France Info / Le Monde / France Televisions, the minister insisted on “the conscience” of everyone during this delicate phase while the coronavirus is still circulating.

Asked about the new derogatory certificate beyond the 100 km limit, Christophe Castaner argued that there was “no closed list” of compelling family reasons for derogating from this ban. “I trust the discernment of the police and common sense” of the citizens, he said.

Thus, in connection with a petition by elected officials demanding that grandparents be able to travel for a birth, he stressed that the elderly were those with a “higher risk of catching the virus”. He therefore advised “to wait a month or two” to go see the newborn. There is no prohibition, but, he said, “we are betting on intelligence and understanding”.

2 p.m. Orly could reopen on June 26, under conditions, according to Djebbari

Closed since the beginning of April because of the coronavirus, Orly airport could reopen on June 26 if the health situation improves and the sector is well prepared for it, said Sunday the Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari. Wednesday, nine airlines based at the airport in the south of the Paris region asked the state, in an open letter, to set now Friday June 26 the date of reopening of the airport.

Sunday, Djebbari set several “prerequisites for reopening”. “One is that the health situation is improving and continues to improve,” he explained to the Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-LCI. “Two is that we find or harmonize health measures with our European and Mediterranean neighbors. Everyone understands that if everyone has their measure in their corner, it will not work,” continued the Secretary of State for Transport. . He added that operators must finally offer “a solid flight program”. “I asked them to produce a flight program for June 15,” he said. “Under these conditions (…), we should be able to reopen Orly on June 26 but, I say, it is if all of these conditions are met,” warned Mr. Djebbari.

Asked when the French will be able to book plane tickets to or from Orly, in the event that the airport reopens on June 26, he simply replied that the authorities would “end May early June a much clearer vision of the health situation and the projections that we can make for the month of June and the summer. “

12:55 p.m. Boris Johnson to Announce Progressive Deconfinement Strategy

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to unveil a cautious and very gradual strategy of deconfinement on Sunday at 6 p.m., faced with the pandemic which has killed more than 31,000 people in the country, the second most bereaved in the world. This strategy will be based on an alert system, along the lines of what exists for the terrorist threat, which will be put in place to inform the British of the danger level of the pandemic, said the Minister for Communities, Robert Jenrick, on Sky News, Sunday.

“For the moment, we think that the country is at four on a scale of five, five being the (level) the most worrying and we want to reduce it as quickly as possible to three,” said the minister. “And with each step, we will be able to open and restart more aspects of the economy and our lives,” he said.

The minister said a biosecurity center will compile the data and monitor progress in the fight against the virus, which will determine the government's response. Specific measures may be implemented locally, depending on the evolution of the pandemic. While the authorities have been saying for weeks that we must “stay at home”, the message will now be “stay vigilant”, a slogan deemed confused by the Labor opposition.

12:30 p.m. German epidemic on the rise

Infections with the new coronavirus are gaining momentum in Germany as the country decided a few days ago to accelerate the containment that had been established on March 22 to curb the spread of the epidemic. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases noted in its daily report that the number of people someone can infect with COVID-19 – the so-called virus reproduction rate or “R0” – reaches 1.1. This rate must be less than 1 for the epidemic to recede.

In agreement with the 16 Länder, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday a series of measures to ease national confinement – such as the reopening of even more stores and a gradual return to school – while calling on the Germans to stay cautious. At the same time, it also launched an “emergency braking” mechanism providing for the reinstatement of restrictions in the event of a resumption of the epidemic.

Karl Lauterbach, elected SPD and professor of epidemiology, said that the circulation of the virus could quickly re-accelerate after seeing large crowds in his hometown of Cologne. “The easing measures have been very poorly prepared,” he said on his Twitter account, adding that he feared the return of “exponential growth” in the coronavirus.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of confirmed cases increased by 667 in 24 hours, less than the daily average of 978 for the previous seven days, to reach 169,218. There were 26 new illness-related deaths – again below the daily average of 120 for the previous seven days – to 7,395. “It is too early to say whether the number of new infections will continue to decrease as has been the case in recent weeks or whether it will increase,” the institute noted.

11.55 a.m. A hectic Sunday, with 18 departments on orange rain-flood alert

Eighteen departments are placed Sunday in orange vigilance for rain-flood, with thunderstorms sometimes strong and heavy precipitation to fear in the Southwest, the Center and the Ile-de-France, indicates Météo-France.

This alert, valid from 2 p.m., first concerned Gironde, Landes, Gers, Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées, in the South-West, Charente-Maritime and Lot-et-Garonne in the west, as well as Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher and Loiret in the Center. It was extended in the morning to the eight departments of Ile-de-France (Paris and the inner suburbs, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne and Val d'Oise).

After the stormy night, where thunderstorms were punctually very active, a lull took shape in the early morning over the north of the country, but the thunderstorm activity has already resumed in the south of Aquitaine in particular, precise Météo France.

11:20 a.m. New pandemic alert system in the UK

An alert system on the evolution of the pandemic of new coronavirus will be put in place in the United Kingdom, announced the Minister of Communities on Sunday, a few hours before a speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on an upcoming deconfinement limit.

While the authorities have repeated for weeks to the British to “stay at home”, the message will now be to “remain vigilant”, while the country deplores more than 31,000 deaths linked to the pandemic.

“We have to stay at home as much as possible, but when we go to work and go about our business, we have to stay alert,” said Community Minister Robert Jenrick on Sky News.

An alert system, along the lines of what exists for the terrorist threat, will be set up to inform the British of the danger level of the pandemic.

11:01 am. In the United States, three senior health officials in quarantine

Three senior US officials coordinating the US response to the new coronavirus epidemic went into voluntary quarantine on Saturday after contacting a person who tested positive for COVID-19, their representatives said.

Among the trio is Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States and the most prominent member of the disease control team, which has already claimed nearly 79,000 lives in the country. Anthony Fauci, 79, has tested negative for COVID-19 and will continue to be tested regularly, the spokesman said.

For its part, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that its director Robert Redfield “would be teleworking for the next two weeks” after a “low risk exposure” Wednesday to a contaminated working person to the White House. Robert Redfield, 68, “feels good” and has no symptoms, adds the CDC.

Finally, a spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Reuters that Stephen Hahn, the 60-year-old director of this body notably responsible for authorizing which drugs can be marketed, had quarantined himself for two weeks after contact with a person tested positive.

The spokesperson said Stephen Hahn had tested negative for COVID-19.

10:40 a.m. Emirates plans air transport return to normal in 18 months

Emirates estimated on Sunday that it would take at least 18 months for travel demand to return to “a semblance of normalcy”, announcing an upward annual result for the period before the new coronvius crisis.

The Dubai company, the largest in the Middle East, posted 1.1 billion dirhams ($ 288 million) in net profit for the year ending March, compared to $ 237 million the previous year, according to a press release.

10 a.m. Two new epidemic foci in Dordogne and Vienne

At least nine cases of coronavirus were detected on Saturday May 9 after a funeral in Dordogne. The prefecture of the Dordogne has issued a warning against “loosening” in the final stretch before the deconfinement. Another focus was identified at the Gérard Philippe college in Vienna, where the teachers met to prepare for the start of the school year: four positive cases were detected. It is the second “cluster” listed in a few days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, a region in the green zone,

9.44 a.m. First new case in Wuhan since April 3

Chinese health officials said Sunday that there were 14 additional contamination with the new coronavirus on May 9, the highest since April 28. And of that total, for the first time in more than a month, there is a new case in Wuhan, the city in central China where the disease, which developed at the end of last year, nearly 280,000 people have already died worldwide. Chinese authorities estimated on Thursday that the entire country is now facing a low risk of spreading the virus.

The National Health Commission clarified in its daily point that the case spotted in Wuhan has so far been asymptomatic. She added that two other new cases of infection were “imported” cases, the other 11 being local transmissions in Jilin province, located in the northeast of the country.

9:30 a.m. Parliament adopts extension of health emergency until July 10

After a hectic week and final negotiations between deputies and senators, the Parliament definitively adopted on Saturday evening the extension of the state of health emergency until July 10 in the face of the epidemic of the coronavirus. Less than 48 hours before the start of the deconfinement, a last vote of the National Assembly – 450 votes for and 84 against – made it possible to validate this sensitive text. Shortly before, the right-wing majority Senate had given the green light by 252 votes in favor, including those of the LRs, against 87.

President Emmanuel Macron has already announced that he would himself seize the Constitutional Council to control this law, with the idea that the text be promulgated Sunday evening, while the opposition worries about the restrictions in matters of public freedoms. The president of the Senate Gérard Larcher (LR) confirmed also seize the Wise on Saturday evening, to make sure that the measures implemented are “necessary and adapted to the circumstances”.

Deputies and senators had agreed at the beginning of the afternoon in a joint joint committee, in particular on the sensitive point of the criminal responsibility of the public and private actors brought to implement the release of confinement from Monday. The question of the criminal responsibility of decision-makers, and particularly mayors, on the front line for the reopening of schools decided by the government, had been a subject of great tension for several days between majority and opposition. The retained text modifies the public health code to specify that account is taken of the “powers, powers and means” available to “the perpetrator” in “the crisis situation which justified the state of 'health emergency “, as well as” the nature of its missions or functions “.

Deputies and senators also found a compromise on the other “hard point” of this bill: the establishment of a follow-up of coronavirus patients and contact cases, through a file, in connection with Insurance disease. Parliamentarians have attached guarantees to the creation of this file, which is different from the StopCovid application project. They notably limited data backup to three months. “Brigades”, in particular agents of the social security system, will be responsible for escalating the list of contact cases. The text also provides for the possibility of quarantine or segregation upon arrival on national territory in certain cases. “The objective of promulgating the law on May 11 had to be met,” said Secretary of State Adrien Taquet, stressing that this law “is not a blank check” given to the executive.

In the Assembly, the majority voted almost unanimously in favor of the text, except for three abstentions of LREM deputies from the left wing. In opposition, a very large part of the LRs (85 for, 12 against, 6 abstentions) supported it, believing that “two red lines have been lifted” – on the criminal responsibility of decision-makers and the methods of tracing – according to the leader of the right-wing deputies Damien Abad.

On the left, conversely, Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI) unsuccessfully defended a motion of prior rejection to contest the absence of “social measures” such as “free” masks and warn against the installation of 'a “surveillance society”. The Communists also denounced an “exceptional legal regime” and a “small compromise” between the Assembly and the Senate. The PS group also voted against. Despite progress, the socialist senator Jean-Pierre Sueur denounced a text without “a line on the social emergency”.

At the Palais Bourbon, the LREM rapporteur Marie Guévenoux assured that “it is not with a light heart that we are temporarily restricting public freedoms but in awareness of our responsibilities in the face of the health crisis”. And she “expressed the wish that on July 10 we can get out of the state of health emergency”.

9:12 a.m. Brazil passes the milestone of 10,000 coronavirus deaths

Brazil has crossed the threshold of 10,000 coronavirus deaths, becoming the sixth country where the pandemic has so far killed the most, according to data released Saturday by the Ministry of Health. Authorities have registered 10,627 deaths and 155,939 confirmed cases of Covid-19 contamination, figures which, however, according to the scientific community, could be 15 or even 20 times higher in reality. Because Brazil practices very few tests.

At the high rate of progress of Covid-19, the country of 210 million inhabitants, the most affected in Latin America, could be the new epicenter of the pandemic in June which has killed at least 276,000 people in the world since its appearance in December in China.


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