Covid-19: confinement and curfew extended until October 4 in New Caledonia

Seven deaths from Covid-19 in twenty-four hours, 383 new cases, 27 patients in intensive care. The health situation remains extremely worrying in New Caledonia where the authorities have decided that the confinement in force since September 7 would be extended until October 4, as well as the curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Since the discovery of the first indigenous cases of the disease on September 6, 24 people have succumbed to Covid-19, announced the President of the Government, Louis Mapou, during a joint speech with the High Commissioner of the Republic, Patrice Faure.

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Patrice Faure banned a demonstration scheduled for Monday by the Réinfo Covid NC collective, opposed to the vaccination obligation that entered into force in the territory. Due in particular to the “Risk of spreading the virus”, the representative of the State “Refuses to take the risk of endangering the population”. He also stressed that “Given the violence of comments observed on social networks”, this prohibition also aims to “Avoid overflows that could endanger the organizers, participants or passers-by”.

The public prosecutor had announced earlier in the day that prosecution would be initiated, in particular for death threats made online against doctors publicly supporting vaccination.

Since March 2020 and the first confinement of the island, access to the territory has been very restricted and arrivals must submit to a strict fortnight quarantine with hosts requisitioned by the government.

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Nearly 3,300 classes closed in metropolitan France

The Ministry of National Education announced Friday that 3,299 classes were closed the day before because of the Covid-19 epidemic, a stable figure compared to the previous one and which represents 0.63% of classes in the country.

The Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced on Monday that“Just over 3,000 classes” were closed, a balance sheet in very clear progression compared to the previous week. The ministry also announced, Monday, in this first weekly point since the start of the school year on September 2, that 16 school structures (15 schools and a college), or 0.027% of the total, were closed because of the epidemic. Finally, 1,314 of the 10,700 middle and high schools offered “A vaccination course” students.

For the start of the school year, the ministry has adopted the health protocol of ” level 2 “ (out of 4) which allows all students to be welcomed in person and requires them to wear a mask indoors, except in kindergarten. A case of Covid-19 in an elementary school class leads to a closure, as in June. In the event of contamination in middle or high school, only students with unvaccinated contact cases must isolate themselves for one week.

The World with AFP

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