Paris – Emmanuel Macron wants to put an end to “uncertainty” on the health crisis by bringing “clarity” and “a course”, according to comments in the President’s Journal du Dimanche, whose speech on Covid-19 is expected Tuesday evening.
However, the executive does not envisage at this stage the end of the confinement, according to the JDD who quotes in the same article the Minister of Health Olivier Véran: “Today, the level of circulation of the virus in the country is the same as at the time of the curfew. There is no question of deconfining“.
Nearly 300 Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours, but the number of intensive care patients continues to decline for the 5th consecutive day, according to official statistics released on Saturday.
“Nothing is worse than uncertainty and the feeling of endless gloom“, assures Emmanuel Macron to the JDD:”We need consistency, clarity, a course. Knowing together where we are going and how to get there“.
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“It’s difficult, because the pandemic is inherently unpredictable and global“, he explains,”but it is the key to confidence, which itself is the key to success.”
Selon M. Macron, “there is no fatality. Crises can ultimately accelerate progress. We must be at the rendezvous of History. And France has all the assets to be“.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal specifies in the same newspaper that the “relaxations“to confinement”will be carried out in three stages with regard to health trends and the risks associated with certain activities: first around December 1, then before the end of year holidays, then from January in 2021“.
However, “confinement will continue and therefore the limitation of travel as well“, explains Mr. Attal. A certificate to travel will always be necessary beyond December 1, Prime Minister Jean Castex had already indicated.
It confirms the horizon of a reopening of shops “around December 1st“, emphasizing that”the president is aware of the efforts made and attached to the value of work“, more than “some establishments, such as bars and restaurants, will continue to experience restrictions“.
For vaccines, Gabriel Attal says France has three contracts “signed, at least three others very advanced and others under discussion“, with”on average 30 million doses per contract“.
The question of a compulsory vaccine or not, which divides the political class, “will arise when the properties of vaccines are known“he said.
The spokesperson also judges “interesting“, “personally“, the possibility of making the isolation of positive cases and contact cases compulsory.”Many of our neighbors have done it and I hear French people who feel they are undergoing constraints that could be alleviated if we focus efforts on the chains of contamination.“, he argues.
He finally criticizes the oppositions which, “in the absence of a constructive spirit“are”found within a council of mistrust“.