faced with a virus which continues to “circulate actively”, Jean Castex chooses to “graduate the response”

Prime Minister Jean Castex during the press conference on January 14 in Paris.

Rugby enthusiast, Jean Castex often repeats the need to control a virus adept at “Overflow framing”. It is precisely so as not to be overwhelmed by an always threatening epidemic that the Prime Minister announced a new turn of the screw, Thursday, January 14, without going so far as to establish a new containment. Worried of “Master evolution” of Covid-19, the tenant of Matignon has indicated that a curfew at 6 p.m. will be put in place from Saturday “For at least fifteen days” throughout the metropolitan area.

Businesses, in particular, will have to close from this time. And as the French are now used to, exemptions will be provided for returning from work or picking up children. “But it will not be possible to go out for personal reasons”, warned Mr. Castex. A measure intended to limit social interactions, including “Health efficiency” could be measured in the twenty-five departments where it was already in force, he assured at a press conference.

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The head of government presented this new restriction as a means of “To graduate the response” faced with a situation “Controlled” more « fragile ». If the end of the year celebrations did not lead to the dreaded peak, the virus nevertheless continues to “Actively circulate” throughout the country, warned Mr. Castex, stressing that no department had an incidence rate of less than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. France remains on “A high plateau, with a weekly average fluctuating around 16,000 contaminations per day”, he noted. Figures significantly lower than the outbreak recorded by some of our European neighbors, such as England and Germany. But which remain far from the target of 5,000 cases per day, set by Mr. Macron, at the end of November.

The English variant, the main source of concern

“Not alarmist but vigilant”, the Prime Minister stressed the need to ” to prepare “ to a possible new epidemic wave, due to “The emergence of new, more contagious strains of the virus”. Main concern, the circulation of the English variant, “30% to 70% more contagious”, which now represents between 1% and 1.5% of positive tests, underlined the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. The South African variant, a few cases of which have been identified in France, also gives authorities a cold sweat.

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