At 6 p.m. Thursday, French prime minister Jean Castex updated the public on regarding the Covid situation since confinement began on October 30.
While the strategy of this confinement is different than the first version and seems to have produced postive results, the minister said, “It would be irresponsible to lift or relax confinement at this time. We will continue with the same rules for the next 15 days.” This means restaurants, non-essential businesses and gyms remain closed. Schools will stay open.
The prime minister said that is wiser to continue with confinement than reconfine for the last two weeks of December.
While our peak is set “to hit the beginning of next week,” currently there is one hospitalization every 30 seconds and one admittance to ICU every 3 minutes, with 44% of reanimation patients being less than 65 years old.
At the moment 31,918 patients are in hospital in France, compared to 32,131 in April. ICU counts 4,789 patients versus 7,404 at the peak in April. (There are now 10,384 beds available.)
Overall, 45% employees in the private sector are working from home for an average of 3.7 days a week. There is a 22% reduction in work-home commutes, although this figure is three times less than the first confinement. As well, there are 55% less people on the metro and 85% less passengers taking trains for long distances. Flights are operating at only 10% service.
Since October 30, 581,000 people have been controled by police with 72,279 fines given, including for those who are not carrying an attestation.
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