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World Macron speaks at 8 p.m., WHO gives advice for Christmas ... update on coronavirus

11:10  24 november  2020
11:10  24 november  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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Emmanuel Macron again addresses the French at 8:00 p.m. to loosen the grip of confinement a little and set the course for the health crisis, while the country is hoping for a whiff of air as the Christmas holidays approach. The scenario is now well oiled: the head of state meets a defense council in the morning to make a final point of the epidemic before deciding the decisions that he will announce in the evening on television.

There is no doubt that the French, affected by the confinement, will be there again, after the summits reached by his speeches which, for the most important, gathered more than 30 million viewers. This time, the uncertainty is less great because the general framework of the announcements is already known: the reduction of the constraints will be done in three phases: around December 1, then before the Christmas holidays and finally at the beginning of 2021.

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The Head of State has promised that he will give "consistency, clarity, a course" to "know together where we are going and how to get there". But Prime Minister Jean Castex, who is expected to speak Thursday afternoon, warned Monday evening that these announcements would only allow "a slight easing of confinement".

This cautious message echoes that of most leaders of major European countries, such as Britain's Boris Johnson, who warned on Monday that the restrictions were going to have to stay in place for several months. Like their neighbors, the French would particularly like to be focused on vacations: will they be able to travel and reunite with their family? Probably, but with limits, a possible curfew and a call for accountability. New Years Eve "are Covid factories", warned Jean Castex. Until the end of December, Emmanuel Macron will lift the constraints on Christmas shopping by reopening so-called "non-essential" businesses such as bookstores or clothing stores. This reopening could take place as early as this weekend but with a reinforced protocol. The ski resorts will be fixed "in the next ten days", Matignon promised.

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A Christmas in a small committee, without large family reunion, is undoubtedly "the best option" in these times of pandemic for the majority of countries, estimated Monday the World Organization of Health (WHO). "It's incredibly difficult because, especially during the holiday season, we really want to be with our family. But in some cases not having a family reunion is the safest option," insisted Maria Van Kerkhove. , responsible for the management of the pandemic at the WHO.

The American scientist probably had not only Christmas in mind but also Thanksgiving, the family holiday par excellence in the United States, which will be celebrated on Thursday. Specialists fear a new peak of infection in the country already most affected by Covid-19, with almost 260,000 dead. For her, a joint celebration by videoconference could be the solution.

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"Even though you can't celebrate together this year, you can find ways to celebrate when this is all over," she said. "We do that in my family and we will have a hell of a party when it's over," said Maria Van Kerkhove.

His colleague Michael Ryan, in charge of emergency situations at the UN agency, stressed for his part that the number of infections increased in Canada after Thanksgiving, celebrated on November 12. "The question is: are you in enough control of the disease and can you give people a little more freedom for the Christmas period, which can generate confidence and give joy, which people need badly, without allow the virus to break loose? ”he said. For Michael Ryan, it is up to the authorities to find the right balance between "the risks to health, and the social and economic risks" linked to the restrictions during the holiday season, able to "generate a lot of frustration, le-bol and a lot of criticism ".

The balance sheet in the world

The pandemic has killed at least 1,388,590 worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by the 'AFP from official sources Monday at 11:00 GMT.

The United States is the most bereaved country with 257,616 deaths, followed by Brazil (169,485), India (133,738 dead), Mexico (101,676 dead) and the United Kingdom (55,024 dead). Italy crossed the 50,000 dead mark on Monday.

In North America, on the contrary, the pandemic remains expanding: contaminations are increasing exponentially in the United States, and the situation is considered "extremely serious" by the authorities of the Canadian province of Ontario. In the United States, authorities hope to start vaccinations in mid-December, as soon as the first vaccines approved by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA), said Moncef Slaoui, a senior official in the vaccine operation launched by President Donald Trump. The federal government plans to vaccinate 20 million people at risk in December, then 25 to 30 million per month.

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Protests over freedom of speech in France come at a time when President Emmanuel Macron and his allies have been vigorously posturing over France’s liberal values. The French president was angered by outside criticism of domestic politics, particularly in the English-language press, that placed emphasis on the alienation of some ethnic minority communities in the country. Some French commentators insisted that Anglo-American observers were both downplaying the scale of the security threat within the country and imposing their societies’ views on identity in a context where such views don’t necessarily translate.

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