► An increase in deaths to be feared among the elderly and nursing homes
The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 is expected to increase further in the coming weeks due to the increase in contamination among the elderly, especially in nursing homes, the French public health agency warned on Friday, October 30.
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From October 19 to 25, the number of cases confirmed in medico-social establishments, including nursing homes, has increased by 84% compared to the previous week, particularly in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
The health agency also notes a “Significant spread of the epidemic” among the elderly who do not live in nursing homes, the number of cases having been multiplied by seven in 65-74 year olds and by eight in those over 75 years old. Figures, however much lower to those observed during the peak of the epidemic in March.
► Wearing a mask compulsory from 6 years old in Tours and Amboise
Wearing a mask becomes compulsory from the age of six as of this Friday in the 22 municipalities of the metropolis of Tours as well as in a delimited perimeter of the city of Amboise.
The prefecture of Indre-et-Loire has indicated that it has taken this measure in order to be “ in accordance with the obligation to wear a mask in schools from the age of six and so that there is no no inconsistency in wearing a mask near establishments ”. On Thursday, the government announced the expansion of the continuous mask wearing for all students from CP. Failure to wear a mask is punishable by a fine of € 135.
► A mayor of Yonne opposes the closure of “non-essential” businesses
The LR mayor of Migennes (Yonne) François Boucher issued a decree on Thursday, October 29, authorizing the opening of non-food businesses in the city center despite the containment measures. In this decree, the mayor considers that “The non-food and non-essential departments of supermarkets and hypermarkets are not closed”, resulting in ” breach of equal treatment “ between large-scale distribution and small town center shops.
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The Yonne prefecture has asked the mayor to withdraw his order, recalling that a mayor cannot “Prescribe by municipal decree rules contrary to a text of general scope, adopted by the government which applies to the entire territory”. Other municipalities such as Décize (Nièvre) or Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) have taken similar orders, according to the local press.
► Antigenic tests soon available in companies
Employers will be able to offer volunteer employees rapid Covid-19 screening tests, according to the new version of the national protocol in companies posted online Thursday, October 29. These screening actions will be fully funded by the company, specifies the protocol, which adds thatno results can be communicated to the employer.
Antigenic tests make it possible to obtain a result in 15 to 30 minutes, without going through a biology laboratory, against several days for PCR tests. On the other hand, the indications defined by the health authorities do not allow the provision within companies of serological tests, which detect whether the patient has developed antibodies against Covid-19.
► State of health emergency: the Senate votes for a limited prorogation
The Senate gave the green light to an extension of the state of health emergency but by making some changes to the initial text. The aim is to considerably strengthen parliamentary control on this exceptional regime, reinstated by decree on October 17.
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While deputies voted to extend the state of health emergency until February 16, senators limited it to January 31. They also refused to succeed a diet “Exit from the state of health emergency”, which the government wanted to extend until 1er April. Against the advice of the government, the Senate also voted an amendment providing that the reconfinement, effective since October 30, cannot be extended beyond December 8. only by law.
► In the United States, 90,000 cases diagnosed in 24 hours
In the United States, the number of Covid-19 cases broke a new record on Thursday. For the first time, the country has crossed the barrier of 90,000 new infections, with 91,290 cases detected.
Since the start of the pandemic, 228,625 deaths and 8.94 million cases have been recorded in the United States, which remains the country of the world most severely affected by the virus, followed by Brazil, India and Mexico. Democratic candidate Joe Biden has made the management of the health crisis his main angle of attack against Donald Trump, five days before the presidential election.