in Moselle, schools remain open, no local confinement

The Messins move to rue Serpenoise, just before the curfew, on January 2, 2021.

“There is no general closure of schools” ni de « confinement » local, contrary to what several local elected officials claimed, said the prefect of Moselle, Laurent Touvet on Saturday February 13. Measures to combat the spread of the virus “Appear sufficient to date”, added the prefect of this department which has a higher incidence than the rest of the territory, in particular with a progression of the South African variant. The schools will also remain open until the winter holidays, i.e. for another week for zone B.

Local elected officials, who had met the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, in Metz on Friday afternoon, asked the government to order the closure of schools to counter the epidemic. Mr. Véran, on site visit, announced on Friday an acceleration of tests and vaccination to counter a situation “Disturbing” in the departement.

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The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, alongside the deputy of the Belkhir Belhaddad department (on the left), discusses with Veronique Cayre, director of the ARS of the Grand-Est region, and Francois Grosdidier, LR mayor of Metz, on 12 February 2021. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, alongside the deputy of the Belkhir Belhaddad department (on the left), discusses with Veronique Cayre, director of the ARS of the Grand-Est region, and Francois Grosdidier, LR mayor of Metz, on 12 February 2021.

“More than 300 cases of mutations suggestive of South African and Brazilian variants have been identified in recent days in Moselle”, he had explained Thursday evening, during a press conference. Much more than in other departments. “The number of variant cases is increasing, it is now estimated at more than 100 new cases per day”, he explained, adding that the first sequencing findings pointed to the South African variant.

For several days now, the incidence rate recorded in the metropolis of Metz and the rest of the department worries. To the point of pushing the prefect to make the wearing of a mask compulsory in public spaces for the entire department. At the start of the week, the figure of 350 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants was exceeded, with a positivity rate of 8%, two points above the national figure. In question: the breakthrough of variants, which are much more contagious.

The World with AFP

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