France has reported 541 additional deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in the past 24 hours, bringing its official death toll to 10,869.
Senior health official Jerome Salomon said 7,148 people were in intensive care, up 17 from the previous day, the smallest increase in recent weeks.
There is no daily data available today in retirement homes, he said, due to a technical error. This implies that the overall assessment could be incomplete.
He intervenes as the government must extend its lockout, with President Macron speaking to the French public again next week.
The sequestration order – imposed on March 17 – “will be extended” beyond its current April 15 limit, adding that Macron will speak to the nation Monday evening to present the new anti-virus decisions.
Only essential travel was authorized during one of the most draconian blockades among Western countries, provided that a signed paper is presented.
Nurses take care of patients infected with coronavirus who go for a CT scan at the Floréal clinic in Bagnolet, near Paris, in the midst of the raging pandemic
There were no daily data available today in nursing homes. This implies that the overall assessment could be incomplete (photo, woman wearing a facial mask in Sceaux, south of Paris)
President Macron (photo) participates in a video conference with the Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at the Elysée Palace in Paris
WHO says more than 1.3 million people worldwide have been infected with coronavirus
France has the fourth highest death toll from coronavirus in the world, behind Italy, Spain and the United States, according to the latest figures.
The number of deaths in French hospitals was slightly lower than yesterday’s comparable number, which was 597.
Salomon said the increase in the spread of the virus in the past few days has been slowed down because the lockdown is widely observed.
“The slowdown observed in recent days is linked to your good compliance with the containment rules,” he said at a press conference.
He expressed the hope that France would see a flattening of its case curve in the coming days but stressed that this “plateau is at a very high level”.
Meanwhile, the government is working on a smartphone app that could warn users if they come in contact with a coronavirus carrier.
A patient infected with Covid-19 undergoes an electrocardiogram at the Floréal clinic in Bagnolet
Doctors operate a driving coronavirus screening site near the Eiffel Tower to test healthcare professionals for coronavirus as the country experiences a lockout
Authorities are studying ways to end the movement restriction, including contact tracing applications, as part of a safe move to exercise human rights groups.
“In the fight against Covid-19, technology can help,” deputy technology minister Cedric O told Le Monde. “Nothing will be decided without a broad debate. “
Users would install the app – the StopCovid project – on their mobile phones. He would inform everyone who has been in close contact that they have been close to someone who has identified himself as positive.
French law prohibits tracking smartphones, unlike countries like China, Taiwan and South Korea, which use smartphone location records to trace contacts of people who test positive for a virus or to apply quarantine orders .
Nurses place a patient for a CT scan at the Floréal clinic in Bagnolet
The issue has sparked debate even among President Macron’s majority in Parliament after several of his party’s lawmakers warned that they would vote against any decision to use geolocation technology.
France and Germany, the two largest economies in the EU, are now preparing for a painful recession as the pandemic crisis reduces production to the lowest levels in decades.
National exports to Germany, an export power, are forecast to decrease by almost 10% in the second quarter, as closures cripple the global economy.
France is already in a technical recession, said the Banque de France, after official data showed that the economy had shrunk 0.1% in the last quarter of 2019.
Current estimates suggest that the economy contracted 6% in 2020. According to the central bank, France’s performance in the first quarter was the worst since 1945.
A woman is examined by a doctor in a Covid-19 advanced medical center at Saint Roch hospital, which houses a coronavirus screening center, in Montpellier
Municipal police check documents while patrolling a street in Sceaux during the lockout
For every two weeks, the country is blocked by the virus, the Banque de France said it expects the economy to contract by 1.5%.
French economic activity plunged 32% in the last two weeks of March as the coronavirus crisis intensified, he added.
The Governor of the Banque de France, François Villeroy de Galhau, warned that April must be “at least as bad” as at the end of March. “Economic growth will be strongly negative in 2020” before rebounding in 2021, he said on RTL radio.
The French government has promised a massive bailout to cushion the blow from the coronavirus for businesses and employees, as other European capitals have done.
A man walks down a street in the La Défense business district in downtown Paris
CMO warns WTO that coronavirus could trigger “deepest economic recession in our lives” with global trade down by a third
WTO logo against a traffic light in front of the WTO headquarters in Geneva
The coronavirus pandemic could trigger the “deepest economic recession in our lives,” with global trade expected to drop by a third in 2020, the World Trade Organization today warned.
“World trade is expected to fall by 13% to 32% in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life in the world,” the WTO said in a statement.
There were a wide range of possibilities on how trade would be affected by the “unprecedented” health crisis, he added.
However, WTO chief Roberto Azevedo warned that the slowdown “may well be the deepest economic recession or the slowdown in our lives.”
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo delivers press conference in Geneva
In its main annual forecast, the WTO, which has 164 members, pointed out that trade had already slowed down in 2019, before the emergence of the new coronavirus.
The virus has infected some 1.4 million people since last year, killing more than 80,000 people and forcing governments to take drastic action.
More than half of humanity has been invited to stay at home and economic activity has practically stalled in many places.
World trade, already affected by trade tensions, is expected to experience a “double-digit decline in trade volume” in almost all regions this year, the WTO said.
Azevedo said in a statement, “The inevitable declines in trade and production will have painful consequences for households and businesses, in addition to the human suffering caused by the disease itself.”