The second coronavirus epidemic wave led to a new nationwide lockdown in France. But good news has been sparking hope for a few days amidst the pandemic. Shortly after the announcement of promising vaccines, France is said to have passed the peak of the epidemic. This is what says Health Minister Olivier Véran anyway.
As for Health General Director Jérôme Salomon, he held a press brief on Tuesday November 17, 2020 about the epidemic. As France is exceeding 2 million Covid-19 cases, he said “our efforts begin to pay off: the number of new cases has been decreasing for a few days”, before adding “let’s work twice as hard to gain control over the epidemic again”. He also says positive tests peaked on November 2, 2020 with about 70,000 new cases in 24 hours.
Emmanuel Macron is said to give a speech by the middle of next week to address the lockdown exit strategy.
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As France seems to have passed the peak of the epidemic, French President Macron addressed the country on Tuesday November 24, at 8 p.m. to take a stock on the situation in France and the track to stay on before the Holidays and the year end. Stores reopening from November 28, lockdow for closed places, restaurants and bars to reopen... What has President Macron announced?
France Covid map, November 30, ICU bed occupancy rate per region
We keep on monitoring data as for the coronavirus situation in France closely. More and more departments are once again vigilance areas because of the virus being highly active. This Monday November 30, 2020, 73.9% of ICU beds are taken in France. 100 departments are highly vulnerable. The entire country is on health emergency.