covid-19

Covid-19 Delta variant delays easing of restrictions in SW France

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An emerging spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has led to a delay in the lifting of restrictions on public movement in the Landes in south-west France, while a scientific advisor has warned that it will also likely lead to a fourth wave of the epidemic in the autumn.

Two French patients with Covid-19 Delta variant have died

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The two patients who had contracted the Delta variant were aged 42 and 60, and whose health status was marked by a number of risk factors; neither were vaccinated.

French Muslims pay heavy price in COVID pandemic

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Evidence collated by Reuters – including statistical data that indirectly captures the impact and testimony from community leaders – indicates the COVID death rate among French Muslims is much higher than in the overall population.

France to honour health workers killed by Covid with special status

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President Macron said a status called “died in the service of the republic” would be created to honour public employees who lose their life “in exceptional circumstances”.

Number of French Covid patients in intensive care below 4,000

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It is the first time the number of Covid ICU patients has been below 4,000 since March 11, health ministry data showed.

French cafés and stores impatient for new lockdown easing

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From Wednesday May 19th non-essential retail outlets will be able to reopen to customers for the first time in six weeks as France gradually winds down its third national lockdown in little more than a year.

France meets mid-May target of 20 million Covid-19 vaccinations

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The French government has succeeded with its target of ensuring that 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered by mid-May,  with the next stage being the administration of a total 30 million doses by mid-June.

French report warns of deepening, enduring poverty from Covid crisis

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The social repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis have deepened the conditions of poverty in which around 9 million people in France were already living before its onset, and has tipped a significant number of others below the poverty line, according to a study commissioned by the French government. Published this week, it warns of a ‘timebomb’ of pauperisation from the cumulative effects of the crisis which will endure even after a rebound in economic activity. Faïza Zerouala reports.

French PM says country close to 'exiting' Covid-19 crisis

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As France tentatively moves towards lifting restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, including the re-opening of restaurants, cinemas and museums and a shorter overnight curfew, Prime Minister Jean Castex claimed the country was 'coming out of this health crisis', above all through vaccinations.

Macron slams 'Anglo-Saxons' for blocking Covid-19 vaccines

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Speaking from the Portuguese city of Porto on the sidelines of an EU 'social summit', French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday accused what he called 'the Anglo-Saxons', an apparent reference to both the US and the UK, of blocking exports of anti-Covid-19 vaccines and their raw materials.

French dictionary update sees surge in new words from Covid crisis

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The latest edition of the French dictionary Le Petit Larousse has added an exceptional number of new words which have come into common use through the Covid-19 crisis.

A year of shutdown: the stories of life on furlough in France

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For a little more than a year now, the succession of on-off lockdowns and restrictions on public and economic activity have severely disrupted the personal and professional lives of many millions in France, notably for those placed on furlough. Mediapart asked readers to provide their personal accounts of the long months deprived of work and largely confined to their homes. Cécile Hautefeuille presents here a selection of the stories that came back; some are sad, some are funny, and nearly all have an underlining theme of a questioning of the sense of their lives and jobs.

France reopens schools as virus patients numbers peak

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Nursery and primary schools have reopened across France after a three-week closure in the first step out of the country’s partial lockdown.

France spent €26 billion in 2020 to bail out its tourism industry

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France is currently experiencing its third lockdown as the government bets that by sacrificing the Easter holidays it can save the summer vacation period. 

French PM says third wave 'seems over' as ICU numbers near record

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France's prime minister Jean Castex said that travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month.