France: Government adviser says COVID-19 is under control when companies reopen


As France lifts the blockade, the head of the government’s advisory committee on the response to coronaviruses said the pandemic was now “under control” in the country. Jean-François Delfraissy told France Inter radio that the virus is still circulating in certain regions but that the rate of spread has slowed down and it is “reasonable” to say that “the virus is currently under control”.

France has reported to date more than 152,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 29,000 deaths related to infectious disease. However, the number of daily deaths has dropped sharply, with the Ministry of Health reporting 44 deaths on June 4, prompting the government to carefully loosen the restrictions and reopen businesses.

On June 1, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced details of the second phase of the gradual lifting of the closure, including the reopening of bars and restaurants. However, in Paris, where the risk of transmission of coronaviruses remains higher than in the rest of the country, the French government has authorized the resumption of cafes on the terrace and outside establishments and prohibits dining in the dining room.

“The reopening of cafes, hotels and restaurants marks the return of happy days! There is no doubt that French will be there to rediscover this part of the French spirit, our culture and our way of life. In these difficult times, the state will continue to support this sector, “President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on June 2.

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Contract tracing application

Last month, legislators in the lower house approved a contact finder designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid heated debate over privacy concerns. The StopCovid app has been made available to track users who have been nearby for more than two weeks. CNIL’s confidentiality monitoring has supported the use of the application, saying that the technology will not lead to the creation of a list of infected persons but only of a contact list using pseudonymous data.

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