Coronavirus: state of emergency, Dunkirk carnival, masks … The recap of October 21



► The executive is preparing for a toughening of measures

On Wednesday, October 21 in the Council of Ministers, the executive presented a bill aimed at extending the state of health emergency until February 16 2021 included, in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Restored a few days ago by simple decree, the state of emergency is currently in effect until November 16. The bill will be examined Saturday and Sunday by the National Assembly.

→ ANALYSIS. After the coronavirus, health emergency systems to review

Prime Minister Jean Castex is to announce Thursday, October 22 the passage of new departments in maximum alert, during a press conference at 5 p.m. Several new towns could thus be affected by the curfew.

► 2.5 billion euros for healthcare establishments

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced Tuesday, October 20 before the National Assembly an additional envelope of 2.5 billion euros to help health establishments face the Covid-19 pandemic. This amount is added to the 10 billion increase in the National Health Insurance Expenditure Objective (Ondam) already planned for 2020.

→ TESTIMONIALS. In the hospital, caregivers wracked in the face of Covid-19

Fifty million euros will be earmarked for the opening of 4000 beds on demand from 2020 in our hospitals ”. Another part will be used to finance the advancement in December of wage increases staff and a “Overvaluation of overtime” during the health crisis, promises made last Thursday by the Prime Minister.

► Potentially toxic masks: their distribution to teachers suspended

The Ministry of National Education on Tuesday suspended the distribution to teachers of Dim brand masks, pending the results of an expertise. According to the news site Reporterre, these masks would be treated with a toxic product, silver zeolite.

→ DEBATE. Back to school 2020: is the health protocol in schools sufficient?

If the results of the analyzes prove the presence of the product, the masks will be replaced by other fabric masks from the start of the school year on November 2, after the All Saints holidays.

► The Dunkirk carnival restricted in 2021

The city of Dunkirk announced on Tuesday the cancellation of several events linked to the Dunkirk carnival, which is traditionally held from January to April each year. The carnival bands (parades in the streets) and the throwing of herrings will thus not be able to take place while the carnival associations are called to cancel their balls.

► Mexico cancels the celebrations of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Religious festivities at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico, will be suspended due to the pandemic, the religious institution announced. These were to be held on December 11 and 12 and welcome several millions of faithful in the basilica, located in the capital Mexico City.

→ READ. First virtual international pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mexico is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, with 86,893 deaths and 860,714 recorded cases, for 129 million inhabitants.

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