Covid-19: Spain exceeds one million cases, a first in the European Union

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23:35 : Good evening, forgive me for the delay, the news was abundant and I did indeed take a long time to give you the figures for Covid-19 today. The rise in contamination continues in France. More than 26,600 new cases of coronavirus were detected in 24 hours, nearly 6,300 more than the day before (20,468), the government dashboard indicates. The number of patients currently hospitalized for Covid-19 stands at 13,185, or 727 more than yesterday. Finally, 163 new deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 34,048 deaths since the start of the epidemic. You will find all the details in this article.

23:31 : It is 23h, the figures of the day maybe?

11:25 p.m. : “Hospitals are under great tension, which leads to several measures”, also underlined the director general of ARS Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Jean-Yves Grall. He announced “that from Monday, the interventions will all be deprogrammed in hospitals in the region, except emergencies, so as to free up capacities, medical and paramedical staff to deal with this influx of patients”.

11:20 p.m. : “For the moment, we have the sad record of the most degraded indicators in France. This justifies our being a little more offensive in the measurements. Very tight controls, however, show a very great respect for the population as a whole. it lasts”, said Prefect Catherine Séguin.

11:15 p.m. : The curfew introduced on October 17 in the metropolis of Saint-Etienne will be extended to the entire Loire department on Friday at midnight. This measure will be the subject of a prefectural decree on Friday, announced the prefect of the Loire during a live facebook in which all the mayors and parliamentarians of the department participated. It will be formalized after the speech of the head of government, Jean Castex, and the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

10:40 p.m. : The Scientific Council asks the authorities to demonstrate pedagogy by explaining “clearly” the new measures of the state of health emergency, which must be extended until February, in order to “facilitate” the support of the population, according to a notice published today. In addition, the Scientific Council issues “a favorable opinion” the extension of this state of health emergency, “taking into account the provisional and proportional nature of these provisions”.

10:35 p.m. : Spain has officially become the first EU member to cross the milestone of one million cases of the new coronavirus. The Spanish Ministry of Health announced in the evening 16,973 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,005,295 since the first case detected on January 31 on the island of Gomera, in the Canary Islands.

9:40 p.m. : The state of health emergency could be extended until February 16, 2021. As of tomorrow, new departments could switch to maximum alert and be subject to curfew, as reported in this report from the 20 hours newspaper of France 2 .

9:33 p.m. : German Health Minister Jens Spahn has tested positive for the coronavirus and has gone into quarantine, a ministry spokesman said. The minister, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU), spoke “isolated at his home”, he added. “All the contacts (of the minister) are being informed”, said the spokesperson. This is the first time that a member of the German executive has tested positive for Covid-19.

9:25 p.m. : Will the regional and departmental elections be postponed? Prime Minister Jean Castex entrusted Jean-Louis Debré, former president of the Constitutional Council, with the task of considering a possible postponement of the polls, due to the Covid-19Covid-19 epidemic. These must for the moment be held in March 2021.

5:43 p.m. : Hello @ Emilie95. Your husband can pick you up from the station. This type of travel is allowed “onlyent if there is no other transport solution “. To do this, he must check the box “displacement for compelling family reasons” on the exceptional travel certificate.

5:43 p.m. : Hello and thank you for your work. I return to Paris by train on Sunday at midnight. I therefore understand that my ticket serves as an exemption. What about my husband who has to pick me up at the station? At this time no public transport to get home … Thank you in advance!

4:30 p.m. : “The problem of the curfew is becoming almost obsolete. Today, we have to go as far as scenarios of reconfinement. There is such an acceleration. We therefore expect that there will really be a hospital dynamic. which will increase dramatically.

In an interview with franceinfo, this doctor pleads for local reconfigurations.

4:22 p.m. : Yes it’s possible . The Interior Ministry confirmed this to us today. For a simple transit between two areas not affected by the curfew, it is possible to take the roads of Ile-de-France and any other sector placed under curfew.

4:22 p.m. : Hello, I am bouncing back on Viviane’s question, I plan to connect Dijon from Rennes on Saturday and therefore cross the Ile de France surely after 9 p.m., on the motorway but without stopping there, is it possible? Thank you!

4:17 p.m. : The hearing of Edouard Philippe before the commission of inquiry of the National Assembly continues. Here is an excerpt where he talks about the government’s change in position on masks:

3:52 p.m. : Hello . Travel by train or plane is permitted. To avoid the fine, all you have to do is present the ticket, which serves as proof, and tick the box “journeys linked to transits for long-distance journeys” on the certificate.

3:51 p.m. : n consulting today’s timetables at the SNCF, trains run for example between Paris and Marseille with an arrival at 11:00 pm … how many police officers on the platform to issue the fines? Is it reimbursed by the SNCF?

3:45 p.m. : Hello @Viviane. It is punishable by a fine. It is not possible to go on vacation or arrive from vacation by car during the curfew. “Arrangements should be made to leave or arrive outside of the curfew hours”, the Ministry of the Interior told us.

3:44 p.m. : Is leaving Paris on a Friday evening to his country house after work so after the curfew possible or liable to a fine?

3:01 p.m. : In Occitania too, the situation is getting worse. It becomes complicated to welcome patients in hospitals in Occitanie, affirms on franceinfo Pierre Ricordeau, fearing to reach the peak of hospitalizations in intensive care “in a fortnight “.

2:43 p.m. : Heard before the National Assembly this afternoon, Edouard Philippe is also the subject of a complaint for his management of the Covid-19 crisis. Franceinfo takes up the thread of recent months:


2:33 p.m. : My apologies, there was a word missing in my last entry. Jean Castex’s press conference on the health situation will take place tomorrow at 5 p.m..

2:33 p.m. : Departments will go on maximum alert from tomorrow, that’s understood. Is the press conference taking place this afternoon at 5 p.m. (Wednesday 21) or tomorrow at 5 p.m. (Thursday 22)? Your different entries are superimposed, a clarification from you would be welcome. Thank you.

2:26 p.m. : Yes @Michele. It’s possible “only if there is no other transport solution”, indicates the Ministry of the Interior. To do this, check the box “displacement for compelling family reasons” on the exceptional travel certificate.

2:26 p.m. : Do I have the right to accompany my children and grandchildren to the station at the station during the curfew with the certificate and copy on the phone of the train tickets?

2:18 p.m. : Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is at the National Assembly this afternoon for his hearing before the commission of inquiry. You can watch this audition here.


6:18 p.m. : It’s a little past 2 p.m., here’s the latest update:

“A number of departments” will switch to maximum alert tomorrow, announces the spokesperson for the government. The list will be announced by the Prime Minister at a press conference tomorrow at 5 p.m.

• A national tribute chaired by Emmanuel Macron will be paid to Samuel Paty, at 7:30 pm, in the main courtyard of the Sorbonne. Here is the program of the ceremony, which you can join in by sharing your words of support and condolences with us.

• After the passage of storm Barbara, 76,000 homes were deprived of electricity, particularly in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Limousin. Météo France lifted its orange vigilance “strong winds” in the twelve departments concerned in the morning.

• EU Agriculture Ministers have agreed on a reform of the common agricultural policy, marked by restrictive environmental rules. These guidelines will now be the subject of negotiations with the European Parliament.

2:25 p.m. : Another announcement of this report from the Council of Ministers, the executive plans to extend the state of health emergency until February 16, 2021 inclusive to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic. The government also intends to be able to apply measures to restrict movement, gatherings or the opening of establishments at least until April 1, 2021, on all or part of the territory, and depending on the epidemic situation.

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