French prime minister Edouard Philippe has announced that the country is ready to move forward. The normalization phase’s plan on how to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown will be present on Tuesday.
The French national strategy on backing to the pre-virus life will be laid out next Tuesday, PM’s office told the media. Edouard Philippe’s announcement at the National Assembly will be followed by a debate and a vote. In addition, the controversial app for tracking contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases is also due to be unveiled Tuesday.
According to the PM’s press office, 17 priorities have been identified for gradually bringing the country out of lockdown from May 11.
These include reopening schools, companies returning to work, getting public transport back to normal, the supply of masks and sanitiser, testing policy and support for the elderly, Agence France-Presse reported.
Prime minister will layout the national strategy on how to lift the restrictions
The French Cabinet will on Monday consult with representatives of local authorities to discuss various options. A dozen ministers plan to finalize their plans on easing the restrictions caused by the coronacrisis.
Taking into account that France has been under coronavirus restrictions since March 17, Philippe’s government faces a delicate balancing act to revive the economy without triggering a resurgence in the epidemic.
Only 39 percent of the French public have confidence in the government’s ability to deal effectively with the virus, seven points lower than last week, according to an Ifop poll for the Journal du Dimanche.
As the national health ministry confirmed, the novel virus originated in China has killed 22,614 people in France since March, with 369 new deaths recorded in the previous 24 hours. On Saturday, these official figures were released by the authorities, which saw a significant drop in-hospital deaths.