what you need to know this Tuesday, April 7

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Good evening,

Today, on this 22nd day of confinement, the doctors are alarmed to no longer see the other patients in their offices. The health crisis puts the executive couple to the test. In London, the state of health of Boris Johnson worries the British. Finally, with containment, the Easter are going to take a special tour around the world this year.

Good reading,

Roland Gauron, journalist at Figaro

1. Where is the epidemic?

France passed the 10,000 death mark on Tuesday since the start of the epidemic. Since the beginning of March, 7,091 deaths have been recorded in hospitals, or 597 more in 24 hours, and 3,237 in nursing homes and medico-social establishments, for a total of 10,328 deaths, according to the latest assessment provided by the director general of the Health, Jérôme Salomon.

History of the epidemic in the 50 most affected countries. Marie Coussin and Nicolas Mondon for Fig Data

Thirty thousand people are currently hospitalized, including 7131 serious cases in intensive care. They were 7072 Monday. “It is an indicator that the epidemic is continuing to grow”, noted Jérôme Salomon. However, with discharges, the net increase in the number of patients in intensive care is less and less strong, with a balance of 59 additional cases (against 94 Monday and 140 Sunday).

2. What happened today

An executive couple put to the test. “Today is the time of confinement and the hour of confinement will last”, Édouard Philippe warned the Assembly, during questions to the government. The Prime Minister plays a central role in the management of the crisis but he could be forced to play the fuses in order to protect the President. “The Élysée and Matignon are neither at war nor in contradiction, nor in rivalry. In the history of the Fifth Republic, it is rare enough to be noticed “, comments Guillaume Tabard. This does not prevent the right from taking a critical look at the two heads of the executive. Besides, what will happen if Macron or Philippe get sick? Le Figaro answers the thorny question.

At our European neighbors. In London, Boris Johnson’s health is stable. The British Prime Minister’s transfer to intensive care moved the British, who wished him to recover quickly. In the meantime, the interim is organized. His Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominique Raab, has been appointed to replace him. Across the Rhine, Angela Merkel is rehabilitated. Chancellor plans “An image of reassuring chancellor, relegating to almost complete anonymity those who could succeed him”, says Pierre Avril from Berlin. In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has to face the firm, even fierce opposition, of the Pari Populaire and Vox. Around the world, the coronavirus brings political divisions to the surface, underlines Laure Mandeville.

Patients are afraid of disturbing us or becoming infected.

Dr Paul Frappé, President of the College of General Medicine

These patients who no longer take care of themselves. General practitioners are worried that they will no longer see patients suffering from other pathologies in their offices. “Patients are afraid of disturbing us or of contaminating themselves”, confirms Dr. Paul Frappé, President of the College of General Medicine. Cancer, dialysis, diabetes, asthma: the epidemic is disrupting the management of several diseases. Doctors are alarmed in particular by an abnormal drop in the number of strokes and infarctions. They fear a backlash with the arrival of serious cases that neglected the first symptoms. And physiotherapists fear the consequences for their patients left to their own devices. Pregnant women are anxious about giving birth alone.

A ceremony is scheduled for Friday inside Notre-Dame de Paris, devastated on April 15, 2019 by a fire that destroyed its roof and its spire. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

Easter confined. In Paris, Easter celebrations will take on a new format due to the epidemic. The Archbishop of Paris has announced two exceptional events for this “Special holy week”. A procession is notably planned inside the Notre-Dame cathedral ravaged a year ago by a fire. By the way, journalist Jean-Marie Guénois explains why the Easter party cannot be postponed. Starting Wednesday evening, the festivities for the Passover, the Jewish Passover, will begin. In Israel, the most important festival of Judaism will for the first time take place in confinement, while the country fell on Monday evening in a total curfew, relates our correspondent Thierry Oberlé.

3. See, read, get married …

To marry. “For the past few weeks, the hashtags #postponedwedding (postponed marriage) and #postponedontcancel (postpone, don’t cancel!) Have flourished on Instagram”, noted Élodie Baërd and Marie-Gabrielle Graffin. And for good reason. Marriages are prohibited until further notice. With a few pieces of advice, the two journalists questioned several bride and groom to find out how they were organizing. “We can be reassured by imagining the euphoric atmosphere of these post-containment celebrations”, positive Quentin, who does not despair of being able to get married in early August.

See. Several hundred episodes of the Belgian cult show “Strip-Tease” are available for free on the france.tv website. “Farmers, workers, businessmen, traders, ministerial delegation, young candidate for a beauty contest … the viewer, at first incredulous, soon lets himself be carried away by this portrait of the other and of society. A portrait whose hyperrealism confines, Belgian humor obliges, surrealism, and this is what makes the success of the show “, recalls Julia Baudin. “How can you resist the urge to (re) see a few pieces of anthology?”

My youngest feels that there is something scary in the air. I put her on my lap, read her a story, and it calms her.

Pauline, mother of two

Read. Claire Conruyt and Alice Develey, from the French Language Service, asked several families for their strings to read to the children during confinement. “My youngest feels that there is something scary in the air. I put her on my lap, read her a story, and it calms her. She loves it. The book becomes her comforter “, explains Pauline, mother of two. “For parents who are running out of time, audio books are hugely popular with children of all ages”, advise the two journalists.

To cook. Pastry chef Jessica Préalto revisits the almond pear pie on Tuesday. His recipe is taken from a book to be published in September, around simple recipes, “To do at home with children”. “The almond pear tart being a classic of French pastry, I reinterpreted it for this project through this dough-free recipe, very easy, super fast, inexpensive and really good!” specifies the head of the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Plaza Athénée. “The difficulty of this recipe lies solely in the choice of pears.”

4. Picture of the day

He’s small, already ferocious and growing up he will undoubtedly be deadly: Covid, is a baby tiger less than a month old born in a private zoo in eastern Mexico, which his owners named after the virus that makes shake the planet. VICTORIA RAZO / AFP

5. Containment, instructions for use

Despite the containment measures, it is possible to leave your home in several cases:

  • Go to your place of work, if teleworking is impossible.
  • Do your shopping in “authorized local shops”.
  • Go to the doctor or pharmacy.
  • Travel to babysit or care for “vulnerable” people.
  • Make brief trips, one hour maximum and within a radius of one kilometer, related to individual physical exercise.
  • Go to judicial or administrative summons.
  • Participate in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority.

In the event of a check, you must present a certificate to the police. It can be downloaded here, on a smartphone or be handwritten. The document must be completed at each outing to justify the reason. Violators are liable to a fixed fine of 135 euros, or even 1500 euros in the event of a repeat offense.

6. The reflexes to adopt

A few simple gestures help limit the spread of the virus. Here they are :

  • Wash your hands every hour.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crease of his elbow.
  • Use disposable tissues.
  • Avoid kissing or shaking hands.
  • Wear a mask when you are sick.
  • Limit your movements as much as possible.

Covid-19 is transmitted by saliva, through close contact with an infected person, especially when the person coughs or sneezes. The virus also remains viable for a few hours on different surfaces.

The disease manifests itself in several symptoms. In 9 out of 10 cases, this results in a fever below 39 ° C. According to the World Health Organization, this fever is most often accompanied by a state of tired, signsshortness of breath and a dry cough.

7. What to do in case of symptoms?

The most important thing is not to go immediately to a general practitioner or to the emergency room to avoid infecting more people. Wearing a mask is highly recommended. For the rest, the recommendations of the Ministry of Health differ from case to case.

Stay at home, if you don’t show up little or no symptoms, taking care not to contaminate your loved ones. If you have a fever, take paracetamol. Possibly plan a follow-up teleconsultation with your doctor.

Yes you feel a difficulty breathing, with a feeling of suffocation, after experiencing pride and a cough for several days, call 15. The centers 15 being overwhelmed, rhinitis and fever or cough well tolerated should not be appealed.

For any other question – there are probably many – do not hesitate to make a detour by this article.

See you tomorrow.



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