Containment, day 10. Since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the writing of the Figaro mobilizes and tells you about the battle against the Covid-19 which has entered the world. We invite you to find here every evening a selection of interviews, surveys and reports carried out by our journalists, in France and abroad, as well as practical information.
Today, when a third of humanity lives confined, the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has published a decree authorizing hospital doctors to prescribe chloroquine. Macronie is trying to respond to the many critics of the opposition. The distance school still experiences ups and downs after ten days of confinement. But the good news of the day is that the epidemic has brought grandparents and their grandchildren closer together.
Roland Gauron, journalist at Figaro
1. Where is the epidemic?
Since the start of the epidemic, French hospitals have recorded 1,696 deaths from the coronavirus epidemic, or 365 new deaths in 24 hours, according to the latest report from health authorities. Among the deaths to be deplored, is that of a teenage girl aged 16 in Île-de-France, deplores the Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon.
France has 29,155 cases confirmed by PCR test and 13,904 people hospitalized, including 3,375 serious in intensive care. Professor Jérôme Salomon warns that “The epidemic continues to worsen” and mobilizes “In an exceptional and unprecedented way” all hospitals, public and private: 576 of them now receive patients who tested positive for Covid-19.
2. What happened today
The race for treatment. The race for treatment is accelerating. Chloroquine may finally be prescribed by hospital doctors, without waiting for the results of ongoing clinical trials. A large European clinical trial, called Discovery, is underway to test four treatments for Covid-19. The molecules tested all showed some activity on SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. The arenicola, a well-known sea worm on Breton beaches, could come to the aid of patients requiring respiratory assistance. Journalist Soline Roy explains why the fatality rate for Covid-19 is so complex to calculate.
The executive in the storm. Despite the unprecedented health crisis, the executive finds itself under the cross fire of the opposition, unanimous when it comes to judging the president “out of subject”. “We will have to take stock of this crisis and learn from it”, judge in our columns Rachida Dati. In this battle, government spokesperson Sibeth N’diaye is on the front line. Mathilde Siraud of the Political Service explains to us how the macronie intends to fight back. Claire Conruyt from the French language section interviewed two specialists on the martial rhetoric from which the president draws heavily.
The approximately 850,000 teachers in France have adapted, each in their own way. And with the means at hand.
Caroline Beyer, journalist with the “Figaro” Society service
The setbacks of distance school. Ten days after the start of confinement, teaching via the Internet is proving to be chaotic, both in its accessibility and in its execution. “Thrown overnight into distance education, the 850,000 or so teachers in France have adapted, each in their own way. And with the means at hand “, says Caroline Beyer. The journalist presents the case of a small town in the Haut-Rhin. The teacher has set up a videoconferencing space for her students there. Amandine Ascensio takes us, she, to Guadeloupe where the distance school goes by radio because of the digital divide that still knows the island.
Confined world tour. A third of humanity now lives under a bell. In India, 1.3 billion people have since Tuesday midnight stay at home. The country wants at all costs to avoid a health war it considers lost in advance. In New York, the health crisis has brought the Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo, to the fore. President Donald Trump is betting on a way out of the crisis by Easter. On the other side of the Atlantic, the United Kingdom is devastated by the death of a young woman of 21 years old. When, in China, the inhabitants of Wuhan hesitate to go out despite the gradual lifting of the blockade.
3. Share, read, cook…
Share. They have been physically separated since the start of containment. Surprisingly, the epidemic has brought grandparents closer to their grandchildren, notes Aude Sérès. The journalist gives some tips for maintaining this link: “For example for the little ones, the grandfather or the grandmother can tell a story by Skype or read a chapter of a book each evening. For their part, the children can show drawings or even send them by message. They can also recite their poetry to their elders. ”
Meet again. He is the second father of Asterix and Obelix to leave us. Albert Uderzo died this week at the age of 92. To pay tribute to one of the last giants of Franco-Belgian comics, genre specialist Olivier Delcroix has selected the best adaptations of the adventures of the irreducible Gallic. To start obviously with Asterix and Cleopatra: “This cartoon remains timeless, with its sustained tempo and the appearance of Dogmatix. A family show par excellence. ”
The haddock brandade is an easy, inexpensive, but at the same time original recipe.
Éric Frechon, 3-star chef at L’Épicure at Le Bristol palace
To cook. Éric Frechon delivers to Figaro the secrets of his haddock brandade. “The haddock brandade is an easy recipe, inexpensive, but at the same time original thanks to the very interesting smoked side of the fish. It’s also an ideal dish to share ”, says L’Épicure’s three-star chef at Le Bristol palace. “The success of the recipe lies in the balance between fish and potato, so that it is neither too dry nor too salty … It is all a question of dosage, of subtlety to make a great dish!”
Read. Thierry Clermont du Literary Figaro invites its readers to follow in the footsteps of passionate traveler Henry James. The New Yorker “Left several bush stories of peregrination, high-flying texts, which more than a century after their publication have lost neither their freshness nor their relevance”, recalls the journalist. “Perfectly crafted proses, made of sketches, portraits, born with an eye always attentive to the rhythms and colors of the seasons. Here they are assembled for the first time in a volume, in the superb translation of Jean Pavans. ”
4. Picture of the day
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 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
For any other question – there are probably many – do not hesitate to make a detour by this article.
See you tomorrow.