Jean Castex announces a curfew at 6 p.m. everywhere in metropolitan France

The Prime Minister announced, Thursday, January 14, that a curfew at 6 p.m. would apply everywhere in metropolitan France from Saturday January 16. Vaccination will be extended from Monday to people of all ages with a pathology at very high risk of developing serious forms of Covid-19. Seven hundred vaccination centers will be open in France from January 18, according to the Prime Minister.

No closure of schools is planned, according to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. At the university, first-year students will be able to resume tutorials in half-groups from January 25, announced the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal. The repayment of loans guaranteed by the State will be postponed for an additional year, by law and for all companies in France, said Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy. A negative PCR test will be required for travelers arriving from a country outside the European Union.

Around 20,000 new cases of Covid-19 are counted every day, far from the 5,000 hoped for in mid-December by the government, and the pressure in hospitals is not weakening. The executive is worried about the circulation of the variant British, deemed more contagious, and which caused an epidemic outbreak across the Channel.

“We are in a kind of speed race between the appearance of this variant” and “Vaccination of the most vulnerable”, considered the president of the scientific council, Jean-François Delfraissy, Tuesday evening.

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