Paris, April 23 (IANS): People in France were concerned about the government’s plan to relax restrictions from May 11, with the coronavirus pandemic showing encouraging signs after five weeks of foreclosure, polls showed.
As of Wednesday, 29,741 people who tested positive for the coronavirus had been hospitalized, down 365 from the past 24 hours, further reinforcing a week-long slowdown, reports the Xinhua news agency.
The number of patients requiring intensive care has decreased for the 14th consecutive day.
France now has 157,135 cases in total, with 21,340 deaths.
Elabe’s survey released on Wednesday found that 66% of the 1,000 people surveyed were concerned about the deconfinement, 34% were optimistic about the life after locking.
When the schools reopened, 63 percent said the government had not prepared well for back-to-school and work measures.
In another poll, conducted by Harris Interactive after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented the main pillars of a deconfinement plan on Sunday, a large majority of people were in favor of remote work even after the end of internment, while 60% of those interviewed found the school to reopen a bad decision.
The French government is working on a plan to abolish containment measures, applied in mid-March and extended twice, with the aim of both preventing a resurgence of the virus and ensuring a gradual return to normal life.
“We are preparing a second stage, of which we do not know how long it will last,” said President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday.
“The ice is thin and we do not want to back down … So we must not question this effort by a too hasty return or a desire to say” everything is behind us “”, he added.
According to the government’s plan, cafes, restaurants, shops, cinemas and theaters would remain closed while festivals would be postponed until mid-July.
Meanwhile, schools would be reopened in stages and with much smaller classes.
But questions about protective equipment and the hygiene protocol to be implemented in educational establishments remained unanswered, causing union concerns and criticism.