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A reconfinement is looming in France

The Hexagon could for the third slow down all its activities if the covid situation continues to deteriorate, to counter the growth of variants of the virus. The verdict should be known after a defense health council to be held on Wednesday.

The Hexagon could for the third slow down all its activities if the covid situation continues to deteriorate, to counter the growth of variants of the virus. The verdict should be known after a defense health council to be held on Wednesday.

(jum with AFP) – Faced with the rise of covid-19 variants, the hypothesis of a further tightening of restrictions is increasing in Paris. It could take the form of a re-containment, if the effects of the 6 p.m. curfew in place since mid-January are not quickly felt. The authorities’ decision should be known after Wednesday’s defense health council.

A new “flash” survey on the circulation of variants is in fact scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Already reaching levels of 7 to 9% of cases in some regions, they lead to “the equivalent of a second pandemic”, according to Jean-François Delfraissy, the president of the Scientific Council.

To counter the spread of these variants, France has already tightened up controls on entry into the territory last week. A covid test carried out 72 hours before departure is now necessary for most European travelers arriving in France. The country has not gone so far as to ban leisure and leisure travel like its Belgian neighbors.

The government is all the same ready to toughen up the tone once again and to take “additional measures” in the event that variants spread too quickly. “And it’s called confinement”, ruled the Minister of Health Olivier Véran in an interview with the Sunday newspaper.

But the idea is not unanimous, especially in the opposition. The President of the Senate Gérard Larcher (LR) called to try everything before deciding on a third general confinement, stressing the “human consequences”, among which possible “tragedies”, which he would have for the French. “Total re-containment would have very strong human consequences, especially among young people, who are increasingly in difficulty”, he underlines in an interview with Figaro online Sunday evening.


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