Lifting lockdown in May: “a huge risk”, Pr. Gilles Pialoux thinks

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 26 April 2021 at 14h09
This April 24, invited on France Info, Paris hôpital Tenon head of infectious disease unit Pr. Gilles Pialoux considers that lifting lockdown from May in the country is “a huge risk”.

During the latest press brief, Jean Castex confirmed daytime trip restrictions will be lifted starting May 3.

Starting from mid-May some places could also reopen – such as terraces and some cultural places. Good news for many French people impatient to get back to a more or less normal-looking life.

Yet, some specialists are worried about this lockdown exit announced to start in May, while the health situation is still very preoccupying in France. This is the case of Paris hôpital Tenon head of infectious disease unit Pr. Gilles Pialoux. Invited on France Info this April 24, 2021, Pialoux considers that lifting lockdown from May in the country is “a huge risk”.

The Prime Minister says the peak of the third wave is behind us, but I take only one example: in Île-de-France, 1,720 patients are in ICU and this number has been stable since April 11”, the professor explains adding his staff “especially in ICU” is “on their knees”. He says that pursuing the lockdown exit calendar as confirmed by the government is a “political decision”.

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As the coronavirus epidemic is declining in France, the reopening calendar gets more precise. The official announcement is expected for Emmanuel Macron’s address to take place by the end of April. reopening of non-necessary stores, terraces or bars and terraces, and cultural places including movie theaters, museums, theaters, and show venues, here is what we know so far. [Read more]

A few days ago, Paris hôpital Bichat head of resuscitation unit and infectious disease unit Pr. Jean-François Timsit already sounded the alarm. He explained his unit was “drowning”, considering the country is heading to “600 dead per day in a few weeks”.

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How will the health situation evolve in the coming days in France? Interview on LCI this April 21, head of ICU and infectious disease unit at Paris Hôpital Bichat, Pr. Jean-François Timsit shared his concerns. Explaining his service was “drowning”, the doctor estimates the country is heading to “600 dead per day by a few weeks”. [Read more]

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