France limits Paris lockdown easing over virus fears

first_imgFrench authorities remain concerned about the spread of coronavirus in Paris which will see a more limited easing of lockdown measures next week compared to much of the rest of the country, the prime minister said Thursday.France is due on Monday to start easing a lockdown that began in mid-March as the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths show signs of slowing.But four regions — the Ile-de-France region around Paris, Hauts-de-France in the north, Grand Est in the east and the southeastern region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comte still have a red classification denoting heightened concern. Topics : Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters France was “split in half”, with virus spread far less intense in the west and south of the country, graded green, than in Paris, the north and the east.He confirmed that even in red areas, the easing of the lockdown will go ahead on Monday.”But there will be certain restrictions. Secondary schools will not open and neither will parks and gardens” in those areas, he said.In the Ile-de-France region, “the number of cases is falling but remains high. Higher than we would have hoped,” Philippe noted. 100 kilometer limit People in France have during the almost two month lockdown been allowed outside only for shopping, brief exercise or urgent errands and work. Every movement had to be justified with a form to be presented to police on demand.Everyone in France will be able to move outside without such a certificate but people will only be able to move 100 kilometers from their place of residence if they have an urgent need, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.As before, violators will be fined 135 euros, a sum that could rise in case of re-offence, he added.From Monday, shops will be allowed to open but cafes and restaurants are staying shut. Some schools are also due to open, a strategy that has caused controversy.Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who has warned that the French economy will see a historic contraction of eight percent this year, said 400,000 companies in total will reopen nationwide on Monday.Across France, travellers aged over 11 will be obliged to wear a mask on public transport while in Paris only people with a certificate from their employer or with an urgent need will be allowed to travel in peak hours.Castaner added that restrictions on France’s borders with Schengen states, other EU countries and the UK would remain in place until June 15 “at least”.Restrictions on travel to other non-European countries would remain “until further notice”, he added.Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said that from next week up to a million pupils in France can return to lessons. Philippe said between 80-85 percent of the 50,500 schools in France could open.France reported 178 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday, a fall on the previous day, and saw its number of patients in intensive care drop under 3,000 for the first time since late March to 2,961.The health ministry said 25,987 people were now confirmed to have died from the virus in hospitals and nursing homes. It was the first time that the number in intensive care — which rose above 7,000 at its peak in April — has been below 3,000 since March 25. In another restriction for the capital, large shopping malls will reopen nationwide but not in Paris.He said the next staging post would be on June 2, when France would “either pass towards a new phase” of the easing measures or, in the case of bad results, “take the consequences” and harden up the rules. “The progressive deconfinement should not be marked by a drop in our caution,” he added.last_img read more

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Marsha Ann back, 66, Cross Plains

first_imgMarsha Ann Back, 66, of Cross Plains passed away at 6:45pm, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at her home. She was born in Lawrenceburg on July 15, 1953 the daughter of Clifton and Thelma Knigga Deamron. She was married to Michael Back on June 29, 1973 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Michael J. (Jana) Back of Westport; two daughters Jennifer (Damon) Ralston of Versailles and Jill (Mike) Schwamberger of Greenfield; 7 grandchildren Devin and Dylan Ralston, Kyler and Colten Schwamberger, Kya and Kyson Back, and Paige Grayson; two brothers Terry (Diane) Deamron of Greenwood and Ricky (Sandy) Deamron of Greensburg; one sister Linda (Ronnie) Sniegowski of Aurora. She was preceded in death by her parents and her father and mother-in-law Orville and Evalee Back. Mrs. Back was a 1971 graduate of Dillsboro High School. She was a former employee of the Belterra casino and also the Rising Star casino where she worked as a reservation clerk. She also assisted Mike on the farm and loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. Marsha was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church at Friendship. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 10th at 10:30am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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