6:15 am: Fragile health situation in France
The health situation is far from improving, even if France does not reach the dramatic level of the UK. On Wednesday, the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units rose to 2,842, the highest level since December 15. More than 10,600 new hospitalizations have been recorded in the past seven days, an indicator that is also improving.
The hospital death toll remains stable at 316 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total to 71,652 deaths since the epidemic began (hospital and nursing home combined).
At this point there is no exponential increase
“We have a plateau that is generally rising. At this point in time, there is no exponential increase in the epidemic in our country, as we are seeing with our neighbors, but there is obviously absolute vigilance,” said government spokesman Gabriel Attal. If “the situation continues to deteriorate, we will of course take the necessary measures to protect the French in the face of it”.
6:07 a.m .: Border controls and vaccination records on the menu of the European Council
European leaders will be videoconferencing this evening to work on the resources to be created for economic recovery. There are a number of important issues on the table for a consistent and coordinated response to the health crisis. The following topics are discussed in particular: health controls at the inner-European borders; vaccination; Solidarity with European partners or the vaccination certificate.
With regard to health checks at the inner-European borders, “France (y) is in favor”.
6:05 am: Macron visits Saclay to discuss student discomfort
Emmanuel Macron visits the University of Paris Saclay to discuss French ambitions in quantum research, but also the difficulties faced by students. He will go to the student house in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, where he will discuss issues related to the health crisis with students.
The head of state could announce new accompanying measures on Thursday.
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