Covid-19: D-day for home schooling and vaccination at Stade de France

Symbol of the promised acceleration of the vaccination campaign, the Stade de France opened its doors to the first injections on Tuesday, D-Day also for millions of children and parents who are returning to school at home to fight against the Covid-19.

Everyone on the screens, if it works: for four days, more than 10 million schoolchildren, college and high school students are supposed to find the digital school, or sometimes ersatz learning with the means at hand.

Like last year, many “bugs” were reported by teachers, parents and students, due to saturated networks, making digital workspaces inaccessible.

“We have the impression that no lesson has been learned. There is a lot of anger and bitterness,” Sophie Vénétitay, Snes-FSU, the first secondary school union, told AFP.

The government, which has championed the opening of schools, has tried to limit the homeschool solution as much as possible. From Friday, France will begin two weeks of unified school holidays, before a return to class hoped for from April 26 for primary.

– 1 million bites in April –

Graph showing the evolution of hospitalizations and resuscitations in France, as of April 5 (AFP -)

By then, the health authorities hope to vaccinate with all their efforts, an acceleration of the campaign symbolized by the opening of vaccinodromes. After the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille in mid-March, the Groupama Stadium in Lyon (10,000 bites during the Easter weekend), it is the Stade de France, setting for the exploits of the Blues in football or rugby, which has opened for vaccination on Tuesday in Saint-Denis.

The objective of the health authorities is to achieve initially 10,000 injections per week in this enclosure in Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest department in France, hard hit by the Covid from the first wave, and where the rate of The incidence was still close to 800 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, according to the latest figures on Friday.

The Stade de France, in Saint-Denis (suburb of Paris) where a massive vaccination campaign against Covid-19 has been taking place since Tuesday (POOL / AFP - Thomas SAMSON)

The Stade de France, in Saint-Denis (suburb of Paris) where a massive vaccination campaign against Covid-19 has been taking place since Tuesday (POOL / AFP – Thomas SAMSON)

The acceleration of the campaign can be seen in the numbers. In five days of April, more than a million injections were recorded, out of a total of more than 12 million since December 27 (including 9.3 million first doses). The government is counting on larger supplies this month, with more than 12 million doses expected, to meet its targets of 20 million first injections in mid-May and 30 million in mid-June.

– Deprogramming –

But even at a higher rate, vaccination will not prevent a very tense situation in hospitals, the result of an epidemic out of control in recent weeks.

The total number of Covid-19 patients received continues to increase, to 29,907 on Monday, including more than 5,400 in intensive care, well above the peak of the 2nd wave (4,900 in mid-November) and less and less far from that of the first wave (7,000 in April 2020). “It is possible that we are approaching it”, acknowledged Monday the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, while assuring that the capacity was now increased to “8,000 armed resuscitation beds”.

“The services are not overwhelmed, the hospital is adapting”, but “there are increasingly important deprogramming which frees up staff to assign them to the care of Covid patients”, underlined on Cnews the president of the Hospital Federation of France, Frédéric Valletoux.

“There are those who will have died directly from the Covid (96,875 Monday), those who have real loss of chances whose number we do not know, actually linked to this deprogramming (…) and the + Covid long +”, a he listed.

The circulation of the epidemic seems to have stopped its progression at a high level in Ile-de-France or in Hauts-de-France. But beyond these two regions where measures had been strengthened on March 20, the virus has spread throughout France. According to the latest figures, 73 departments exceeded the maximum alert threshold for the incidence rate (250), against 60 a week earlier.

The Minister of Health had counted Friday on a peak of contaminated people by “7 to 10 days approximately”, before a peak in intensive care two weeks later, that is to say at the end of April, when the primary pupils would resume the way of the classes .

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