Faced with the deterioration of health indicators, the Prime Minister has not ruled out a possible re-containment in the coming weeks.
The waves follow one another; the variants multiply; the number of cases goes up; and vaccination remains too slow. While the start of the 2021 school year was accompanied by a further deterioration in health indicators, the executive is forced to revise its optimism downwards. After having already given up its timetable for returning to normal, the government has just tightened its system to fight Covid-19 even further.
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«The top priority to get out of this crisis is the use of vaccination», Prime Minister Jean Castex said during his traditional weekly press conference. “But we will collectively have to show patience and responsibility because it is not for several months that the vaccination will be able to protect us sufficiently.», He added, surrounded by a large government delegation.
● Curfew at 6 p.m. nationwide from Saturday, and “For at least 15 days”
The territorialized approach has fizzled out. After trying to limit the advanced curfew at 6 p.m. to only the most affected departments, Jean Castex finally decided to apply this measure to the entire territory, since the incidence rate is now nowhere lower at 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. From Saturday, and “for at least 15 days», A night confinement will therefore apply to the whole country until 6 am.
● “Under control” for the moment, the health situation remains “fragile” in France
Unlike our European neighbors, the health situation in France is “mastered“. But she remains “fragile», According to Jean Castex. This concern is linked to traffic “active“Of the virus in our territory, accompanied by”the new element constituted by the emergence of a new, more contagious strain of the virus.»
● Traders invited to work on Sundays and at lunchtime
The Prime Minister called on traders to “take advantage of additional opening possibilities during the lunch break” that exist “in most departmentsTo avoid customer concentrations during business hours. He also ordered traders to work on Sundays using the exemptions in place in most departments.
● Towards re-containment “without delay” en case of “severe epidemic deterioration”
All options remain on the table. “If we see a strong epidemic deterioration in the coming days, we would have to decide without delay on a new confinement», Warned the Prime Minister. “We must, as we have done continuously since the beginning of this crisis, prepare for any eventuality“, he added.
● Some 200 to 300 cases of the English variant detected every day in the territory
The expansion in France of the British variant is clear: between 200 and 300 contaminations per day are noted, indicated the Minister of Health. This variant is 30% to 70% more contagious than the usual strain of Covid-19.
● Reinforced border controls, negative PCR test required for non-Europeans
The figures are clear: foreign variants should be in the majority in France in two to three months. Border controls will therefore be tightened. “All travelers wishing to come to France from countries outside the European Union will have to carry out a test (PCR) before leaving », Announced Jean Castex. Interested parties will also have to “undertake on the honor to isolate themselves for 7 days once arrived, and repeat a PCR test at the endOf this septaine.
● School: psanitary rotocole reinforced in the canteen, suspended sports activities
There is no question, at this stage, of closing the schools. This is why sporting activities in a closed environment will be suspended there. Likewise, a reinforced health protocol will be implemented in the canteens. At the same time, a goal of 300,000 tests per week – or more than a million per month – has been set. High school students, on the other hand, will not return to class on January 20, but will continue to take face-to-face and remote classes.
● February holidays: “Too early” to decide to limit travel
Limit travel between regions for the February school holidays? “It is too earlyTo decide it, declared Jean Castex. For now, the Prime Minister “do not recommend canceling reservations“, Promising to adapt the rules”depending on the circumstances».
● Vaccination: how to make an appointment, instructions for use
To make an appointment in one of the 700 vaccination centers, open from January 18, all you need to do is:
– go to the site www.sante.fr
– call the national toll-free number 0800 009 110, open from Friday January 15 at 8 a.m.
– vulnerable people at high risk should first consult their doctor
On the day of the appointment, you must bring your identity card and your vital card or a certificate of entitlement.
At the vaccination center, you will need:
– present their identity documents and answer a short questionnaire which will be checked by a doctor present
– observe a precaution of 15 minutes after the injection
– an appointment will be made immediately for the 2e injection.
– any undesirable effect can be reported to [email protected] or to your doctor
● 6.4 million people called to be vaccinated in «more than 700 centres»
There is an urgent need to speed up. In total, some 6.4 million people are called upon to be vaccinated as of Monday, in the “more than 700 centersWhich will be open on this date.
● “We will be over a million” vaccinated by the end of January
The goal will be achieved. Despite the failed launch, Jean Castex assured that “we will be above a million»Of French people vaccinated by the end of January, as was initially planned. “This result cannot be explained because we would have received more vaccines, but because (…) we observe much less loss in the use of the doses received», said the prime minister.
● Vaccination from Monday for people with high-risk pathologies
The field of vaccination is widening. From Monday January 18, people “whatever their age“, Presenting”one of the pathologies leading to a very high risk of a severe form of the diseaseWill be able to access vaccination. Are concerned, according to the Minister of Health, people suffering from severe renal failure, those who have been transplanted from an organ, people undergoing treatment for cancer or those with Down’s syndrome. Diabetes will not appear in this report. listing.
● Additional restrictions in Guyana, Mayotte and Réunion
Faced with the risk of “propagation of variant strains», Certain overseas territories will be subject to increased surveillance. In Guyana, “border controls will be tightened and negative tests will be required»To reach the West Indies and the metropolis. Likewise, “negative tests will be required for flights from Mayotte or Réunion».
● Universities: take over by half-groups of tutorials in 1st year from January 25
Tutoring, support … The “efficiency“Of these student support measures”it’s not enough», Admitted the Prime Minister. This is why a recovery “very progressive»Face-to-face is scheduled in universities: from January 25, tutorials in the first year can resume in half-groups. This measure will then extend, “if the health situation allows it, students of other levels».
● Compulsory teleworking, face-to-face one day a week for those who wish
Employees including “all tasks can be done remotely»Must remain 100% teleworking. The only easing effective since January 7 and which remains: employees by expressing “the need“Are now allowed to return”one day (per week) at most in the company.»
● The Solidarity Fund will be further expanded
Bruno Le Maire announced three adjustments to the Solidarity Fund. The first, eagerly awaited by restaurateurs, aims to no longer take take-out sales into account in turnover for the calculation of the aid they receive. The Minister of the Economy also indicated that suppliers will be able to claim aid equivalent to 20% of their turnover (within the limit of 200,000 euros). Finally, the fixed costs of companies which generate more than a million turnover per month will be partly covered by the system.
● Repayment of loans guaranteed by theState delayed by one year
While the first repayments of state guaranteed loans (PGEs) to businesses were to begin next March, Bruno Le Maire said that businesses wishing to do so could “defer this reimbursement for an additional year», On March 1, 2022 instead of March 1, 2021. And this “Whatever their sectors of activity and whatever their size”.
● The new business aid will cost 4 billion euros per month
All the new aid announced this Thursday evening, namely the increase in the Solidarity Fund, exemptions from charges or even targeted aid for the wine sector will cost the State 4 billion euros per month, like the announced Bruno Le Maire. This figure does not include the costs associated with the partial activity.