Coronavirus: French police raid homes of ministers’ in pandemic inquiry

Coronavirus: French police raid homes of ministers’ in pandemic inquiry

French police have attacked the homes of senior government and wellbeing authorities as a feature of an examination concerning their treatment of the Covid pandemic.


Wellbeing Minister Olivier Véran and the head of the public wellbeing office; Jérôme Salomon, are among those whose properties were looked on Thursday.


The strikes came after a court dispatched a request recently into the administration’s treatment of the pandemic.


It has confronted analysis over deficiencies of hardware and moderate reaction times.


Executive Jean Castex is additionally under scrutiny, French media report; similar to his archetype Edouard Philippe and Mr Véran’s archetype Agnès Buzyn.


The executive and Mr Véran have been at the front line of France’s new strategy of forcing evening time curfews in nine urban areas; including Paris, from Saturday, which will be upheld by 12,000 police.


“This implies at 21:00 everybody must be at home and, regardless, every spot; business or public assistance open to the public will be closed,” Mr Castex said on Thursday.


In July, the court launched the inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic after members of the public; including doctors and relatives of victims, alleged that it had been criminally negligent in its response to Covid-19.


The special court hears cases of alleged wrongdoing by ministers and other government officials in the course of their duties.


But for the claims to be substantiated; there would have to be evidence that officials knowingly failed to take obvious steps that would have saved lives.

How bad is the situation in France?

A further 22,951 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed on Wednesday.


“We have to act.


We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus;” Mr Macron said in a television address.


The president added that this wave of Covid-19 was different to the outbreak in the spring because the virus had spread to all parts of France.


France managed to control the first outbreak by introducing a national lockdown.


It then opened bars and restaurants in the summer; and allowed foreign tourists to visit as part of an effort to boost the ailing economy.


Schools reopened and universities began teaching in person classes in early autumn.


But since August the number of reported cases has accelerated quickly.


Wednesday was the third time in six days that France reported more than 20,000 new infections.


Mr Macron said the new measures aimed to reduce daily cases to around 3,000.


As with the first wave of Covid-19; there is concern that hospitals and intensive care units will become overwhelmed with patients.



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What are the new measures there?

The curfew, from 21:00 to 06:00, will apply for at least four weeks to Paris and its suburbs as well as Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Rouen, Toulouse, Grenoble and Montpellier.

Affecting around 22 million people; it will be applied for four weeks to begin with and Mr Macron’s government will seek to extend it to six.



President Macron said the virus has spread to all parts of France now

The estimates will stop individuals visiting eateries and private homes during the night and evening time. Private gatherings will be prohibited; even in regions not under time limit, from 12 PM on Friday.


Occupants will require a legitimate motivation to be outside their homes during the long stretches of check in time.


President Macron said on Wednesday night he comprehended a time limit was a “hard” thing to request that individuals do.


On Thursday, Mr Castex said travel during long periods of time limit was allowed for outings to the medical clinic or drug store; or if work hours required.


However, a unique endorsement would should be delivered as verification.


Pre-booked tickets for planes and prepares that show up after the check in time will be permitted.


Anybody discovered breaking the time limitation will be fined €135 (£121).


Organizations that endure monetarily because of the new estimates will be qualified for state help.


Any organization with up to 50 staff in the nine urban areas; influenced will be qualified for help if their turnover has fallen by over half in the previous year.


All organizations in time limitation zones will be approached to move towards having representatives telecommute for at any rate part of the week; and to amaze working hours. President Macron has just proposed “tele-working” for a few days every week.




Source: BBC

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