Professor Eric Caumes, head of the infectious diseases department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, was the guest of Europe 1 on Saturday evening.

He returned to the measures taken to fight against the coronavirus: the re-containment and the closure of many businesses.

But according to him, this is not where the clusters form.


Since Friday, the French have been confined to their homes again, to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Bars and restaurants have had to close their doors, as have businesses that are not considered "essential", such as bookstores or even small traders.

A measure that some consider unfair compared to mass distribution.


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"The epidemiologist in me should say that everything must be closed, bookstores and supermarkets," reacted Professor Eric Caumes, at the microphone of Europe 1 on Saturday evening.

"But from the moment we leave the supermarkets open, I do not see why we should not leave the small shops open. I am not sure that the risk is greater in small traders than in supermarkets", continued the head of the infectious diseases department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital.

"Clusters do not form in shops"

"We have no scientific data to confirm that, but we know where the clusters are formed and it is not in supermarkets or in small shops. They are in companies, in colleges, universities, in medical structures, nursing homes and hospitals, "he added.

More information to follow.