“We will have better days and we will find happy days again. “ On April 13, 2020, when concluding his speech announcing a gradual deconfinement of the country from May 11, Emmanuel Macron wanted to end on a note of hope. Almost a year later, the Head of State intends more than ever to give a perspective to French people tired of endless containment measures to face the Covid-19 epidemic. The health situation may remain critical, Mr. Macron and his followers have made many promises in recent weeks to restore some hope.
1is March, the President of the Republic tried to show the light at the end of the tunnel, assuring that it would be necessary to “A few more weeks – four to six” – before possibly easing restrictions, such as the 6 p.m. curfew, thanks to the ramp-up of vaccinations. Same optimistic speech by government spokesman Gabriel Attal two days later, referring to “The horizon” of a “Return to a more normal life” from the ” half April “. “Museums will be among the first places to reopen”, he said, Monday, in The Parisian.
“Putting the package on vaccination”
France remaining on a high plateau, with more than 20,000 new cases and nearly 300 deaths per day, how can we imagine “A return to a more normal life” in just six weeks? In an interview with World published on March 6, Simon Cauchemez, modeler at the Institut Pasteur, doubts that an improvement in mid-April is possible, with the current measures. According to its projections, the government has ” Unfortunately “ all the chances of losing his ” speed race “ against the virus. According to him, “The positive effect of vaccines may not be sufficient to compensate for the deleterious impact of the variants in the next two to three months. “ Both the latter – and especially the British, which already represents more than 60% of cases in France – are more contagious, and therefore more transmissible.
Hence the more cautious tone of the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on March 4. “We can legitimately think that by mid-April or perhaps the end of April (…), it is possible to relax a certain number of constraints ”, he said, before adding: “If the epidemic situation allows it. “ A major condition. Because, at the top of the State, the health situation remains judged “Worrying”. Certainly, France is not experiencing an explosion of cases, but the rise is continuous. The number of patients hospitalized in intensive care – therefore the most serious cases – climbed Sunday to its maximum since the end of November: to 3,743, according to Public Health France. With the variants, “We have a month, a month and a half, two months very sensitive”, with a risk of having to « reconfiner » the country, recognized the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, Saturday. Hence his desire to “Put the package on vaccination”, thanks in particular to the injection of a large number of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Sunday evening, Mr. Castex announced that 585,000 people had been vaccinated since Friday. “A new step in our battle against the virus has been taken”, he congratulated himself.
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