President Macron loses control
France, which has reported nearly 20,000 deaths as a result of the pandemic and which has the fourth largest number in the world, has been in total detention for almost five weeks. The health system has become “abandoned,” said Mélenchon, president of the opposition France Unbowed party (France Unbowed), during an online meeting during which he and other members of LFI proposed different solutions to the health crisis.
He continued his attack on the government on Sunday, telling the news channel BFM TV that President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to begin gradually lifting certain kidnapping measures from May 11 was “risky.”
“A deconfinement that is not meticulously organized is a dangerous deconfinement,” he said.
As long as 100% of the population “has not been vaccinated, the epidemic will continue … there will be a second peak,” he said.
France, which has recorded nearly 20,000 deaths following the pandemic and has the fourth global balance sheet, has been in a virtual lockout situation for almost five weeks.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, for his part, gave a more positive tone on Sunday evening, saying that the situation of coronaviruses in France was improving “slowly but surely”, although he stressed that the crisis was far from being finished.
The government has come under fire in recent weeks after the widespread shortage of drugs, respirators and face masks added to the mountain of problems in coping with the crisis.
Philippe said that last week, France managed to import more than 80 million masks, exceeding for the first time “in a long time” its weekly requirements of about 45 million.
By June, France will have secured and produced an additional 15,000 ventilators for intensive care units in hospitals and another 15,000 lighter versions – helping it to exceed its planned needs, he added.
“This will allow us not only to secure our situation, but also to mobilize a few fans to help France’s allies internationally,” said Philippe during a press conference.
He added that a steady decline in the number of patients requiring respiratory assistance was a sign that the pressure on hospitals was finally easing.
But he dismissed any hope that the gradual release of the lockdown next month, which should begin with the reopening of schools, would allow people to move freely or interact as before, especially since a vaccine against the virus is not expected until next year. .
“It will not be a return to normal life,” said Philippe.
The government has been deliberately vague about the rate at which businesses such as cinemas or bars will reopen, saying only that when certain stores reopen, people will have to maintain safe distances from each other.
France has reported 395 deaths from coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, health chief Jérôme Salomon said, bringing the total to 19,718.
Of the 395 deaths, 227 were recorded in hospitals, the lowest number ever since March 23.
Another positive sign was that the number of patients with coronavirus in the hospital fell for the fifth consecutive day to 30,610, a slight decrease from 29.
There were 5,744 people in intensive care, said Salomon, 89 fewer during the eleventh consecutive day of decline.