The quarantine, which ends in France on April 15, is extended until May 11. The borders of France also remain closed. This was announced on Monday by President Emmanuel Macron during a televised address to the nation.
“We must continue our efforts and follow the rules introduced,” he said. — This is why the regime of strict self-isolation should last until Monday, May 11.”
Macron said that from May 11, kindergartens, schools and lyceums will open in the country. However, restaurants, bars, and cinemas will remain closed. Major events that attract a large audience will not be held until at least mid-July.
“Hope has been revived, but the result is far from being achieved — intensive care units are still overflowing,” Macron said.
Over the next four weeks, “the quarantine rules should not be tightened or relaxed,” the President promised. But they must be observed so that on May 11, the cancellation of the quarantine “became possible.”
Macron said that France’s borders with non-European countries will remain closed until the new order.
In a special statement on the evening of April 13, the French Ministry of Health said that since the beginning of the epidemic, 9588 people have died from COVID-19 in hospitals. During the last day, 335 more patients died (310 people died a day earlier). According to updated data, in nursing homes, the number of victims of the epidemic increased by another 239 people-to 5379 dead.
There are now 32,113 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in French hospitals. Of these, 6821 people are in intensive care units. The number of people in need of intensive care is decreasing (slightly) for the fifth day in a row, the Ministry of health notes.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, a new coronavirus infection has been diagnosed in France in more than 98 thousand people, and over the past 24 hours, 2673 tests have given positive results. A total of more than 27,700,000 people recovered and were discharged from hospitals (532 COVID-19 patients returned home during the day), RFI writes.