What could we announce in Macron’s speech on Covid-19?


President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a televised speech on Wednesday October 14 to address the coronavirus situation in France.Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Mr Macron could announce new restrictions in his speech.

“Yes, at some point additional action will need to be taken if the broadcast [of this virus] that we have seen in recent days is confirmed and accelerated further ”.

Last week, France recorded more than 20,000 cases of coronavirus in a 24-hour period.

French media have speculated that Mr Macron will announce a curfew as part of new restrictions, in a move similar to measures implemented in Berlin, Germany.

Dr Jean-Paul Hamon, president of the Fédération des Médecins de France, told The Connexion that he believes that at the moment, even the president does not know what he is going to say.

“Will he announce the need for a curfew like in Berlin and Frankfurt? I don’t know, ”Mr. Hamon said.

“He can say we have to be careful, he can remind us that barrier gestures are effective.

“Honestly, it’s not easy to rule at the moment. he [Mr Macron] will have to navigate between the desire to make the economy work, the entertainment, restaurant and tourism industries, etc.

“I think he will be extremely careful and I’m sure he doesn’t know what he’s going to say yet.

He said Mr Macron was probably looking forward to the October holidays in France (Les vacances de la Toussaint).

“For two weeks, the children will not go to school, so there should be less circulation of the virus,” Mr. Hamon said.

Vacation starts on October 17 and ends on November 2.

French Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne encouraged the French to go on vacation during this period, despite the rise in coronavirus cases in the country.

“We will do everything” so that the tourist season “until Christmas can take place, he said.

“And I encourage the French to book.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the French coronavirus tracing application “StopCovid” would be updated and given a new name, “Covid Alert”.

The new app should be more information-oriented, with the ability to activate local notifications to keep abreast of Covid-19 developments and restrictions in its own territory, France Inter radio station reported.

The app is scheduled to launch on October 22 and could be announced during Mr Macron’s speech.

Mr. Macron will speak on Wednesday at 7:55 pm The program will be broadcast on TF1, France 2, Franceinfo, LCI and TV5 Monde.

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