France wants to extend the state of health emergency

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The French government wants to extend the country’s state of emergency by two months due to the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Council of Ministers is currently examining the bill to extend the health emergency from May 24. The Senate is expected to consider it on Monday before sending it to the National Assembly for final adoption later this week.

The text specifies that people can be quarantined and isolated “on their arrival on the national territory” to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Meanwhile, there is great uncertainty as to the conditions for the deconfinement planned for May 11.

A provisional map classifying the regions of France in green, red or orange depending on the state of the epidemic and the resuscitation services was corrected earlier due to counting errors, which had led to complaints from local officials.

Another concern is the reopening of schools. The “majority of preschools and primary schools” will open on May 11, Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, told Minister Figaro, with a maximum of 15 children per class. However, some members of the local councils are totally against it.

In Paris, at least initially, schools will only reopen “for a priority group” (like children of certain professions and dropouts), the deputy mayor in charge of education told AFP.

To receive students, schools will have to follow a strict health protocol, the outlines of which were revealed on Thursday and included repeated hand washing, prohibited games, disinfection of equipment and marked directions in the field.

Another source of tension in anticipation of May 11 is the sale of face masks, as their wearing will be mandatory on public transport.

France is the fifth most affected country in Europe according to the WHO, with 128,121 confirmed cases and 24,342 deaths on Friday. Belgium has meanwhile listed 49,517 confirmed cases and 7,765 deaths on Saturday.

The Brussels Times

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