Lunchtime News Tuesday 7th April 2020


Coronavirus update - Speaking this morning on French television France's Health Minister Olivier Véran has said that "Every day, we are breaking the record never reached of patients hospitalized in intensive care units due to the coronavirus." adding that France "was still in the worsening phase" of the epidemic and was "not yet at the peak of the epidemic". 

As France enters the Fourth week of containment in France. The Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, has asked the prefects, "to examine on a case-by-case basis" the "need to tighten the measures", "where signs of carelessness are emerging".

Anne Hidalgo and the Paris prefecture of police have taken the decision to reinforce confinement and limit the risks of spreading the coronavirus by prohibiting all sporting activities between 10am and 7pm. The measure will take effect on Wednesday.

Joggers will now have to get up earlier or go to bed later if they want to continue exercising during confinement. 

"From April 8, 2020, outings for individual sporting activities will no longer be authorized between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. throughout the territory of Paris. They therefore remain authorized from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m., when the crowds in the streets is the weakest, "read a statement released today. 

Anne Hidalgo and the Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement, took this decision to avoid "any form of laxity" which would "jeopardize the efforts made" until today during confinement.

The pandemic is progressing in Europe. The continent hardest hit by the pandemic hoped on Monday for confirmation of the weekend's glimmer of hope, as the number of deaths had dropped in the two front-line countries, Italy and Spain. But if the trend continued in Spain, the balance sheet started to rise again in Italy, with an additional 636 deaths in 24 hours. France has also announced a significant number of deaths, 833 more, or 8,911 since the beginning of March.

In the UK the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "seriously ill" having been admitted to intensive care. "There is no doubt that the turn of events means that Boris Johnson is seriously ill," said Derek Hill, professor of medical imaging at University College London. With 5,373 deaths, the UK has become one of the hardest hit countries in Europe.

A first "white day" in China. Chinese authorities have not recorded any new daily deaths on Monday for the first time since the statistics of victims of the coronavirus, were published in January. For its Japanese neighbor, the state of emergency must come into effect on Tuesday in seven re