Monday, January 18

COVID-19: France towards an extension of the curfew to 6 p.m.

Paris | The French government will vote on Thursday on a possible tightening of measures against COVID-19, which should involve the widening or even generalization of the 6 p.m. curfew already in force in a quarter of the departments.

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Prime Minister Jean Castex holds a press conference at 6:00 p.m. where he will detail the announcements, surrounded by several ministers.

The extension of the curfew seems acquired, it remains to determine its extent.

“The interest is to counter the” aperitif effect “”, underlines Stanislas Guérini, the boss of the party in power, La République en Marche, to justify a measure which, according to him, has already allowed “less traffic. significant ”virus in the 25 departments where it already applies.

A re-containment seems for the moment ruled out, even if the executive is worried about the circulation of new variants of the virus, in particular the “VOC 202012/01” which caused an epidemic outbreak in the United Kingdom.

Several European countries, such as Portugal or England have already chosen the option of reconfinement.

The French also seem to resign themselves to it: according to an Elabe poll, they are 83% to think that a third confinement will take place “in the coming weeks”.

“We are not in an extreme emergency,” said Wednesday the president of the Scientific Council who guides the choices of the executive, Jean-François Delfraissy, who recommends leaving schools open. The government has already announced that it will only close schools as a “last resort”, but a stricter protocol in canteens is not excluded.

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced Thursday the establishment of a protocol aimed at testing up to a million children and teachers by me.

About 20,000 new cases are recorded every day in France – more than 23,000 Wednesday -, far from the 5,000 hoped for in mid-December by the government. And the hospital pressure does not weaken.

Criticized for the sluggish start of vaccination, the French government will allow some 5 million over 75 years to receive a first injection from Monday.

France towards an extension of the curfew at 6 p.m.

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