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 must be stored in place.
Due to curfews and lockdowns, confirmed new infections dropped 40 % final week, admissions to hospital fell 13 %, and the variety of new intensive care sufferers was down 9 %, Sante Publique France mentioned.
The info 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 making an attempt to determine what to do concerning 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.
The variety of COVID-19 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, Sante Publique mentioned.
Confinement measures have been having “a direct impression” on affected person statistics, which usually began to fall round 10 days after restrictions kicked in.
The federal government positioned Paris and another massive cities on curfew on October 17, with others following go well with 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 faculties nonetheless open and a wider vary of retailers nonetheless welcoming shoppers.
Sante Public mentioned the “encouraging” statistics “shouldn’t make us overlook that pending the supply of remedies and vaccines, the one strategy to gradual the pandemic and reduce its impression 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 individuals would have the ability to journey at Christmas, saying the COVID-19 pattern reversal was nonetheless “fragile.”
Nationwide rail operator SNCF has slashed prepare schedules by 70 %, however is planning to ramp its community again to regular capability beginning December 15.
The French finance ministry on Friday was to debate choices regarding Black Friday, a day of gross sales promotions that falls on November 27 this 12 months.
Initially a U.S. retail fest, Black Friday has caught on the world over, with French luxurious division retailer Galeries Lafayette saying it generated extra income on Black Friday in 2019 than on some other day of the 12 months.
Authorities officers mentioned reopening brick-and-mortar shops on that day was one of many choices on the desk, however they feared that crowds flocking into retailers may endanger progress made in opposition to infections.
Suspending Black Friday by every week was additionally up for dialogue, they mentioned.
French shops have complained that the retail day would unfairly profit on-line retail giants like Amazon if excessive road shops remained shuttered.
The pinnacle of Amazon’s French operations, Frederic Duval, has mentioned his firm was in favour of shifting Black Friday again to December 4 “if that permits retailers and bodily shops to reopen earlier than December 1.”