Agnès Buzyn, declining tests, foreign workers… The recap ‘of September 9

September 11, 2021 by archyde

► Agnès Buzyn summoned for possible indictment

In office at the very start of the Covid-19 epidemic, the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn was summoned on Friday September 10 by the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) as part of the investigation into government management of the health crisis. According to The world, she risks being indicted for “endangering the life of others”.

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The one who declared in January 2020 that “The risks of the spread of the coronavirus in the population are very low” (recognizing, however, that the analysis could ” to evolve “), would be the first implicated in this vast file, while the CJR has received at least 14,500 complaints since the start of the epidemic.

► The number of tests in “clear decline” for two weeks

Nearly 4.6 million screening tests were performed last week. A still high number but in “Sharp decline” compared to previous weeks, according to figures released Thursday, September 9 by the Ministry of Health.

Demand remains strong, however, because more than 9 million adults have not yet been fully vaccinated (including nearly 7 million who have not received any dose) and must therefore be tested to obtain their health pass – necessary for access restaurants, cinemas and trains, among others. In the morning, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran had also declared that the country is ” on the right track “, more than “This is not the time to relax our efforts” facing the virus.

► The Court of Auditors calls for more monitoring of aid paid during the crisis

In a report commissioned by the National Assembly, the Court of Auditors calls on the government and the administration to strengthen controls on aid paid to households and businesses since the start of the health crisis. The Court considers in particular that the support measures (partial unemployment, solidarity fund, exemption from charges, loan guaranteed by the State, etc.) “Could have led to windfall effects and risks of fraud”.

TO ANALYSE. From “whatever the cost” to “tailor-made”

All expenditure resulting from the crisis (aid measures and health expenditure) exceeded 80 billion euros in 2020 alone as part of the “Whatever the cost” decreed by the President of the Republic and which the government is in the process of putting an end to.

► More than 12,000 foreign workers on the “front line” have been naturalized

They were on the “front line” in the face of the virus. More than 12,000 foreign workers mobilized during the health crisis have been naturalized French, announced the Ministry of the Interior.

“I would like to welcome our new compatriots to French nationality and say thank you on behalf of the Republic: the country has also held out thanks to them! “, said Marlène Schiappa, the minister responsible for citizenship, in a press release. In September 2020, the ministry simplified the procedure for acquiring French nationality for health professionals, security or maintenance agents, cashiers or home helpers working during the pandemic, in particular by reducing to two years – instead of five – the minimum period of residence required.

► The prolonged state of health emergency overseas

Parliament voted to extend, until November 15, the state of health emergency in the vast majority of overseas territories, hard hit by an epidemic rebound.

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The state of emergency allows the establishment or maintenance of curfew and containment measures. Its extension concerns Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin in the Antilles, as well as Guyana, Reunion Island and French Polynesia. New Caledonia, where a state of emergency was declared Wednesday, September 8 by decree and where strict containment is in force, has been added to this list.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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