The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. - GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / POOL / AFP

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, said he was confident, this Tuesday, on "the multiplication of screening points" for people with symptoms of coronavirus, from May 11, when confinement could be eased, as Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday evening.

"The multiplication of screening points, we will be able to do," assured the Minister of Health on RTL.

Test anyone with symptoms

"We are more than 60 million in this country, no country in the world has ever been able and will never be able to test everyone. There are countries that make the commitment to test anyone who presents symptoms, so as to isolate these people, "he continued, indicating that this was the case in France.

The Minister hopes "that we innovate, that we mobilize all the good wills, all the driving forces of the nation", that there be tests "in hospitals, laboratories - whatever their status", including those devoted to "research". He also wants to "rely on communities", "set up mobile teams, drive-tests, proceed from pharmacies, voluntary pharmacies".

Soon 200,000 tests per week

As for the isolation of people tested positive for the new coronavirus, Olivier Véran said that "all possibilities are being studied, we do not exclude anything", including a possible requisition of hotels. "We do, roughly, today, 150,000 tests and beyond per week, we are going towards 200,000 tests per week", with "the objective of being able to test" currently " in the Ehpad the most fragile audiences, the hospitalized patients, the carers, "he detailed.

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"No country is able" to give "a percentage and a number of people" having "contracted" the virus and "no country" is capable of giving "the part of its population which is immunized", has it -He insists. "We have simulations: the scientists estimate that there would be 10% of the population which would present on (this) date an immunity vis-a-vis the coronavirus", he concluded.


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