Ascension, 1st real test of deconfinement

PARIS ( – Doctors took turns Saturday morning in the media to encourage the French to be cautious at the heart of the Ascension weekend, the first real test of deconfinement in France.

Despite a rainy passage and the maintenance of the 100-kilometer limit, many French people are taking advantage of, or intend to take advantage of, the first extended weekend since the official end on May 11 of the containment decreed in France to stem the coronavirus epidemic .

Bison Futé believes that for those who have been able to make the bridge in particular, the weekend will generate an increase in the level of general traffic in the territory, and in particular around the major cities and the beaches which have been reopened, while remaining below usual levels for this period.

If they understand the need for residents to take a well-deserved breath of fresh air, several doctors wanted to remember that the virus had not disappeared, even in the regions classified in green on the two-color health map of the French departments.

“I think the color green is a bad message (meaning) if you’re green, all is well, move on,” said Daniel Scimeca, general practitioner, on CNews. “Everyone has to be careful.”

The Directorate General of Health (DGS) announced Friday that the number of people hospitalized and that of admissions to intensive care for contamination with coronavirus had decreased in all by 244 in the space of 24 hours, but that the number of confirmed cases since the start of the epidemic had increased by 393.

On the other hand, no overall figure on the evolution of mortality has been communicated. Mortality data will be updated on Monday by the French public health agency, the Ascension weekend preventing overall feedback from medical and social establishments.


The evolution of the epidemic and the number of households will be decisive for the continued lifting of restrictions in the economy and French society, from next month.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has thus clarified that the decision to organize the second round of municipal elections on June 28 remains subject to a review clause in two weeks.

“Today, the signals are going in the right direction, with a reopening of shops. We can think that this will also be the case for restaurants and bars in the coming weeks,” said Guy Forget, tournament director of Rolan-Garros tennis court, which should have kicked off on Sunday.

He hopes that the competition, postponed end of September-beginning of October, will be able to be held with the maximum of public, and not in camera.

“Now we don’t know what’s going to happen in a month or two,” he added. “But you have to be ambitious and optimistic.”

(Gilles Guillaume)