MyAfter a three-week hiatus, kindergartens and elementary schools in France resumed operations on Monday. During a visit to an elementary school in Melbourne, near Paris, President Emmanuel Macron said corona restrictions would be gradually reduced. The domestic travel ban will be lifted next week.
At approximately 6,000, the number of patients in the intensive care units is the highest since last spring. Authorities estimate there are more than 30,000 viral infections a day. This month the figure was 40,000. Officials see the decline as an encouraging sign.
From mid-May France will gradually allow the reopening of stores that do not sell everyday items. Some cultural institutions want to allow visitors back, while cafes and restaurants want to allow their terraces to open. The curfew order, which applies from 19 to 6, is currently in effect, but Macron promised to postpone the start until sometime later in the evening.
The president said he expects the situation to improve in May, when large sections of the population will be vaccinated and the number of new infections will have to decrease each day due to partial locking. So far, about 26 percent of adults have received at least one vaccine.