Opposite England, the city of Dunkirk in France could soon take additional measures to fight against the English variant of the coronavirus which is actively circulating in this region in the grip of an epidemic outbreak for ten days: 900 cases out of 100 000 inhabitants counted over a week, ie four times more than the national average.
“The last chance” before the reconfinement
Local authorities and the government are considering a localized response that could go as far as re-containment. A scenario that the mayor of Dunkirk hopes to avoid.
Addressing the inhabitants, Patrice Vergriete calls on everyone’s responsibility: “Zero gathering, zero regrouping, what does that mean? It means that employers prohibit face-to-face meetings in their company, it means concretely teleworking to the maximum (…) It is a call to parents so that college and high school students do not go out, can stay at home, do not gather in city stadiums for example, as I have seen too much in recent days. It is also a call to the population to postpone family events, birthdays, reunions with parents. Now is not the time, we can defer that for three weeks. It would be this idea of the last chance before confinement because that is what awaits us if the Dunkirk residents did not respect this type of gesture.“
Nice confined on weekends
Dunkirk could find itself in the situation of the city of Nice and the entire coast of the Alpes-Maritimes, where the population will be confined for the next two weekends, in addition to the curfew during the week, while the south- Eastern France is also faced with a high incidence rate and a high presence of the more contagious Covid-19 variants.
Nationally, the epidemic curve remains stable on a high plateau with an average of 20,000 new daily cases and 3,400 patients in intensive care.
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