[En continu] Proud of its declining figures, England reopens shops and terraces

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■ A drink on a terrace is possible in London

The English were preparing Monday to reinvest the terraces of pubs, so-called “non-essential” stores and hairdressing salons at the end of a long confined winter.

A loosening was decided because the country, confined for the third time in early January (with regions like London confined from mid-December), has seen its health situation improve markedly. It now has less than 3,000 cases (in Switzerland Friday: 2519), and less than 50 deaths per day. Fewer than 3,000 Covid-19 patients are treated in hospitals compared to nearly 40,000 at the peak in January. He also vaccinates with a vengeance: nearly 60% of the population received a first dose, that is to say the majority of the less than 50 years.

The joy of returning to the terraces of cafes and restaurants is, however, tarnished by the death of Prince Philip, 99, on Friday, which plunged the United Kingdom into a period of national mourning until the day of his funeral on Saturday. MPs cut their Easter vacation short for an afternoon of tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s husband on Monday. And Boris Johnson has postponed the pub visit he had planned to celebrate this reopening.

The reopening of indoor catering is only planned during the next phase of deconfinement, on May 17, at the same time as the hotels, performance halls and stadium stands, with limited capacities.

■ In France, an advanced vaccination threshold

In France, vaccination will be extended from Monday to all people aged 55 and over, Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced on Sunday evening. They will receive the AstraZeneca product or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is due to be delivered from Monday. This early arrival allows for such a decision.