France could also be previous the worst of its second wave of coronavirus infections, the nation’s well being company mentioned Friday, warning nevertheless that protecting measures ought to be stored in place.
Due to curfews and lockdowns, confirmed new infections dropped 40 p.c final week, admissions to hospital fell 13 p.c, and the variety of new intensive care sufferers was down 9 p.c, Santé Publique France mentioned.
The information offered recent arguments for store homeowners who’ve been lobbying to be allowed to reopen for the essential Christmas interval, whereas the federal government was attempting to resolve what to do in regards to the coming Black Friday procuring splurge.
“Though indicators are nonetheless at excessive ranges, they counsel that the height of the second peak is behind us,” the company mentioned.
President Emmanuel Macron will handle the nation on November 24 at 8pm to current an replace on the well being scenario and management measures, in response to information channel BFMTV on Friday.
The variety of Covid deaths has stabilised after a number of weeks of will increase, the company mentioned, with 3,756 recorded fatalities in contrast with 3,817 every week earlier.
French cities that imposed curfews earliest are actually seeing the sharpest decreases in affected person numbers, Santé Publique mentioned.
Lockdown measures had been having “a direct influence” on affected person statistics, which usually began to fall round 10 days after restrictions kicked in.
The federal government positioned Paris and another giant cities on curfew on October 17, with others following swimsuit every week later.
However since October 30, all of France has been below a lockdown, although it’s much less extreme than the one seen within the spring, with colleges nonetheless open and a wider vary of outlets nonetheless welcoming purchasers.
Santé Public mentioned the “encouraging” statistics “shouldn’t make us overlook that pending the supply of therapies and vaccines, the one solution to sluggish the pandemic and reduce its influence on the well being system continues to be to undertake particular person prevention measures, mixed with collective measures”.
Well being Minister Olivier Véran mentioned Thursday that lifting the lockdown was not on the agenda for now.
On Friday, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari warned that it was too early to say whether or not folks would have the ability to journey at Christmas, saying the Covid development reversal was nonetheless “fragile”.
Nationwide rail operator SNCF has slashed practice schedules by 70 p.c, however is planning to ramp its community again to regular capability beginning December 15.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)